Cliff and Hayley Martin adopt!

Cliff Martin
Cliff Martin El Monte, California

We are beyond excited and are doing everything we can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into our home. As part of our adoption process, we have started a crowdfunding campaign with Lifesong. It may surprise you to hear that adoption-related costs can easily total up to $35,000 or more. This is why we have set a goal of $15,000 to help ease the financial burden that often overwhelms adoptive parents. We have been awarded a $2500 matching grnt from Gold Coast Orphan Alliance, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.

We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as he/she grows up.

How has God led us to adopt?

We have both seen the hand of God work in our hearts concerning adoption. We’ve both always dreamed and prayed God would give us children, but He directed our hearts toward adoption in different ways. I (Hayley) began learning about adoption when my sister started fostering several years ago. She eventually adopted through foster care, and by that point, I knew I wanted to add to my family through adoption. When Cliff and I began talking about marriage, we hoped God would give us biological children. We talked a little about adoption. Over the course of our first year or so of marriage, God took care of us through discouraging doctor visits where we were told we would not likely have biological children. At the same time, we kept learning about adoption, and we both saw God revealing this would be how He would build our family.

We eagerly attended a Wait No More seminar hosted by Focus on the Family, where we learned a lot more and felt further encouraged. One powerful thing we heard was the testimony of an adoptive father who said he was more concerned that his children looked like Jesus than looking like himself. We were both convicted by those words and knew we needed to trust God would give us a deeper joy in seeing our children (adopted or biological) look more like Jesus as they grew than the joy we thought we would find in seeing our own traits passed down.

Since the seminar, we’ve talked at length with adoptees and couples who have fostered and adopted, and we are convinced that God is calling us to adopt. Adoption is so close to God’s heart. We decided we wanted to adopt whether God gave us biological children or not! We are excited to see how God builds our family through adoption, and we hope to continue to build our family through foster care as well.


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 “Martin 08706”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, 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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Raised to date by 21 people
 of  $15,000
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My Story

We are beyond excited and are doing everything we can to be prepared to welcome a beautiful new life into our home. As part of our adoption process, we have started a crowdfunding campaign with Lifesong. It may surprise you to hear that adoption-related costs can easily total up to $35,000 or more. This is why we have set a goal of $15,000 to help ease the financial burden that often overwhelms adoptive parents. We have been awarded a $2500 matching grnt from Gold Coast Orphan Alliance, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.

We hope that by inviting you into this process, you will see yourself as part of the community we hope to build around our child as he/she grows up.

How has God led us to adopt?

We have both seen the hand of God work in our hearts concerning adoption. We’ve both always dreamed and prayed God would give us children, but He directed our hearts toward adoption in different ways. I (Hayley) began learning about adoption when my sister started fostering several years ago. She eventually adopted through foster care, and by that point, I knew I wanted to add to my family through adoption. When Cliff and I began talking about marriage, we hoped God would give us biological children. We talked a little about adoption. Over the course of our first year or so of marriage, God took care of us through discouraging doctor visits where we were told we would not likely have biological children. At the same time, we kept learning about adoption, and we both saw God revealing this would be how He would build our family.

We eagerly attended a Wait No More seminar hosted by Focus on the Family, where we learned a lot more and felt further encouraged. One powerful thing we heard was the testimony of an adoptive father who said he was more concerned that his children looked like Jesus than looking like himself. We were both convicted by those words and knew we needed to trust God would give us a deeper joy in seeing our children (adopted or biological) look more like Jesus as they grew than the joy we thought we would find in seeing our own traits passed down.

Since the seminar, we’ve talked at length with adoptees and couples who have fostered and adopted, and we are convinced that God is calling us to adopt. Adoption is so close to God’s heart. We decided we wanted to adopt whether God gave us biological children or not! We are excited to see how God builds our family through adoption, and we hope to continue to build our family through foster care as well.


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 “Martin 08706”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, 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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May Baby!

January 7, 2020

We are so happy to share that we’ve been matched with a mother and baby due in May! Please continue praying for the health and God’s care for both mother and baby. Thank you!!

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Apr 24, 2020

“We have prayed where to give and God put you on my heart! Congratulations on your new little one. ❤”

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Emily

Apr 19, 2020

$100

Erin

Apr 15, 2020

“Praying for y'all. I got some "corona cash" from Uncle Sam today so I thought I'd share the love. Looking forward to see how God works! Love y'all!”

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Marjorie

Apr 12, 2020

“We are so excited for you! Love Jack and Marjorie”

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Nicole

Apr 7, 2020

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Megan

Apr 4, 2020

“Praying for your family!”

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Jennifer

Mar 14, 2020

“We excited to pass along a portion of some extra income to baby Martin! Love, The Simons”

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Jan 1, 2020

$250

Kathy

Dec 31, 2019

“Uncle Andy and I are so happy for you both!!!!”

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Anna

Dec 31, 2019

“We are so excited for you guys! You will be amazing parents & we're praying for your little one & your hearts as you prepare for their arrival to your home! Anna & Kyle Collette”

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Grace

Dec 31, 2019

“Praying for you.”

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Patricia

Dec 30, 2019

“Praying for the little one God is preparing for you all !!! Blessings!”

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Dec 30, 2019

“Cliff and Hayley - Love and prayers to you both through the adoption process. Warmly, Elizabeth and Jeff Shaw”

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Tyler & Michelle

Dec 30, 2019

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Jennifer

Dec 29, 2019

“God bless you guys! We are so excited for you!”

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Peggy

Dec 29, 2019

“Congratulations!”

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Daniel

Dec 28, 2019

“Any child will be lucky to have you as parents. I can’t wait to see your pictures from the first hockey game!”

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Jill

Dec 28, 2019

“Waiting expectantly with you guys! Congrats!”

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Carrie

Dec 11, 2019

“Praying now for this journey and for God's provision.”

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Dec 10, 2019

“Grandpa and Grandma Newsom would want to help you.”

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Dec 7, 2019

“I know there is a Child out there that will change your life forever. You are loved and supported by so many! Love you both so much!! Mom”