Answering God’s call to bring our final baby home through adoption after years of infertility

Erin Callahan
Erin Callahan Lakeland, Florida

We are so excited to grow our family through adoption! Since before we were married, we have wanted to adopt. Erin grew up with an Aunt who was adopted and later in life gained a sister in-law who was adopted as well. We discussed adoption one evening a few months prior to our wedding. We both wanted a family of three and decided right then we’d love to bring our third baby into our family through adoption. We had chills, we knew God was going to help us do this right then. We have learned so much from our current church about adoption. Our Pastors pursued adoption and know the road well. Many of our friends have adopted as well and continue to guide us on this path to grow our family. A year into our marriage we were met with infertility, I went through two surgeries and endless procedures to try to have a baby.

After 49 long months of not giving up after miscarriages and countless no’s our prayer was answered. We were pregnant with our first son. Two years later we began the adoption journey again. This time, I stumbled upon an adoption consultant and thought we should try that way instead of infertility. Something felt off in me, we prayed but it wasn’t our time. We gave infertility another shot and after a year and half we found out we were pregnant. I knew immediately we were going to try to start the adoption process shortly after birth. Adoption can take a long time, but our hearts were in it, and this time it feels so right. We know God has his hand on our baby and her birth mother. God is watching over this entire process and will soon bring us together.

The struggle of infertility pushed us to research and pray about adoption through the entire infertility process. God began to grow our heart further for adoption and ultimately lead us to start this journey. We believe we are called to adoption, Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18, we believe we are coming for our daughter just as Jesus came for us. He is leading us to her and that has been confirmed through every step along the way. We cannot stop thinking about her, our oldest son cannot wait to watch Disney movies with her and teach her how to dance and do baby sign language. We have the biggest smiles on our faces when we think about her joining our family.

We are so thankful for all of our family and friends who are encouraging us in this journey and we hope that you will continue to pray for us. We currently have completed our home study and are active with an adoption agency local to us, as well as a second attorney a few hours from us. We felt led to go this route to spread love in our community. It is our hope and prayer to bring home a newborn baby girl through domestic adoption. We’re currently presenting our profile and we remain in prayer as each expectant mother opens our profile book.

Why do we need to ask for help? Adoption can be very expensive – domestic infant adoption can range from $28,000-$55,000. We expect the total cost of our adoption to be $28,000–$40,000, this includes agency fees, legal fees, infant medical expenses, birth mother expenses, and other necessary expenses. We don’t want to have to ask for help. We’d love to do this on our own- because of pride, but God gave us community and our community is strong. We know that. We’ve felt it time and time again. We know we cannot finance this alone, so we humbly ask for your consideration to donate to our adoption. Know we are praying over every person who is giving and those who are sharing our story and praying over us.

We are so very thankful to have already been given several generous gifts from our fundraising efforts, friends, family and Lifesong for Orphans, also provided us with a $3,000 matching grant. Every penny you give toward our $25,000 goal will go directly toward bringing our baby home. Whether God leads you to support us financially or not, we hope that you will pray for us as we trust God. We know He is faithful and will bring our baby girl into our lives in His own timing.


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Callahan 09623”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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We are so excited to grow our family through adoption! Since before we were married, we have wanted to adopt. Erin grew up with an Aunt who was adopted and later in life gained a sister in-law who was adopted as well. We discussed adoption one evening a few months prior to our wedding. We both wanted a family of three and decided right then we’d love to bring our third baby into our family through adoption. We had chills, we knew God was going to help us do this right then. We have learned so much from our current church about adoption. Our Pastors pursued adoption and know the road well. Many of our friends have adopted as well and continue to guide us on this path to grow our family. A year into our marriage we were met with infertility, I went through two surgeries and endless procedures to try to have a baby.

After 49 long months of not giving up after miscarriages and countless no’s our prayer was answered. We were pregnant with our first son. Two years later we began the adoption journey again. This time, I stumbled upon an adoption consultant and thought we should try that way instead of infertility. Something felt off in me, we prayed but it wasn’t our time. We gave infertility another shot and after a year and half we found out we were pregnant. I knew immediately we were going to try to start the adoption process shortly after birth. Adoption can take a long time, but our hearts were in it, and this time it feels so right. We know God has his hand on our baby and her birth mother. God is watching over this entire process and will soon bring us together.

The struggle of infertility pushed us to research and pray about adoption through the entire infertility process. God began to grow our heart further for adoption and ultimately lead us to start this journey. We believe we are called to adoption, Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18, we believe we are coming for our daughter just as Jesus came for us. He is leading us to her and that has been confirmed through every step along the way. We cannot stop thinking about her, our oldest son cannot wait to watch Disney movies with her and teach her how to dance and do baby sign language. We have the biggest smiles on our faces when we think about her joining our family.

We are so thankful for all of our family and friends who are encouraging us in this journey and we hope that you will continue to pray for us. We currently have completed our home study and are active with an adoption agency local to us, as well as a second attorney a few hours from us. We felt led to go this route to spread love in our community. It is our hope and prayer to bring home a newborn baby girl through domestic adoption. We’re currently presenting our profile and we remain in prayer as each expectant mother opens our profile book.

Why do we need to ask for help? Adoption can be very expensive – domestic infant adoption can range from $28,000-$55,000. We expect the total cost of our adoption to be $28,000–$40,000, this includes agency fees, legal fees, infant medical expenses, birth mother expenses, and other necessary expenses. We don’t want to have to ask for help. We’d love to do this on our own- because of pride, but God gave us community and our community is strong. We know that. We’ve felt it time and time again. We know we cannot finance this alone, so we humbly ask for your consideration to donate to our adoption. Know we are praying over every person who is giving and those who are sharing our story and praying over us.

We are so very thankful to have already been given several generous gifts from our fundraising efforts, friends, family and Lifesong for Orphans, also provided us with a $3,000 matching grant. Every penny you give toward our $25,000 goal will go directly toward bringing our baby home. Whether God leads you to support us financially or not, we hope that you will pray for us as we trust God. We know He is faithful and will bring our baby girl into our lives in His own timing.


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Callahan 09623”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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