Melanie and Randy’s Adoption Story

Melanie and Randy Clonan
Melanie and Randy Clonan Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

 Dear Family and Friends,

We absolutely love our little family. We find so much joy together that shortly after our son Elijah was born, we felt the desire to grow our family and share in even more love and happiness. After several months of trying to conceive with no success, the idea of adoption was growing in our hearts. In the fall of 2017, we heard about the Imagine Conference held at our church, North Way Christian Community.  The conference focuses on serving the marginalized people in our communities and in the world, with lots of education on adoption. We thought that it was too perfect to be coincidence. There, our whole idea of adoption was flipped on its head. We had been looking at adoption as a way to grow our family and fulfill our dreams. Although it was a seemingly selfless act, the intentions were honestly selfish in that we wanted a bigger family for our own joy. After learning more about adoption and our call to care for the orphan, we both saw that adoption was not simply an option to consider. For us, we finally saw adoption as what we are called to do in order to show love to others.

God revealed to us that adoption is not at all about Randy, it is not about Melanie, and it is not about Elijah. Simply put – it is about our future child. It is going to be an incredibly sacrificial but blessed journey to show the love of Christ to a child of God. It is going to be an opportunity to look at this child and remind him or her that so many people love them. More importantly, it is going to give us a chance to remind this child that God loves them.

Shortly after the conference, we chose Bethany Christian Services as our agency for many reasons. We were very drawn to them as a Christian agency, as we believe that this whole process has been God’s design. We also love how much emphasis they put on counseling the expectant mothers and educating all parties involved. Throughout this process, we have been opening up about this journey with friends and family. So many people have been supportive of us by encouraging our choice and praying for us along the way. It is wonderful to see how God is already using this journey as an opportunity for us to open up about how He is actively working in our lives.

We still have a little while to go in the process. We are now at the stage where we will be presented to expectant families and we are praying that our story and our family stands out to the right person at the right time. We know that God has his hands all over this journey and we trust that he will give us the opportunity to love a child that is meant to join our incredibly happy little family.

Apart from your continued support through prayer, we also ask that you please consider supporting us financially in this journey. The costs of the home study, agency fees, birth mother care, and legal fees are a significant challenge. In total, we estimate that the cost will be approximately $33,000. We know that God brought us to this and that he will guide us in finding a way to manage the associated costs, but we know that we cannot do it alone. We would be so grateful for any contribution, large or small, that you might feel led to make to our adoption. 


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 “Clonan 7731”, 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 44 people
 of  $10,000
Campaign Ended

My Story

 Dear Family and Friends,

We absolutely love our little family. We find so much joy together that shortly after our son Elijah was born, we felt the desire to grow our family and share in even more love and happiness. After several months of trying to conceive with no success, the idea of adoption was growing in our hearts. In the fall of 2017, we heard about the Imagine Conference held at our church, North Way Christian Community.  The conference focuses on serving the marginalized people in our communities and in the world, with lots of education on adoption. We thought that it was too perfect to be coincidence. There, our whole idea of adoption was flipped on its head. We had been looking at adoption as a way to grow our family and fulfill our dreams. Although it was a seemingly selfless act, the intentions were honestly selfish in that we wanted a bigger family for our own joy. After learning more about adoption and our call to care for the orphan, we both saw that adoption was not simply an option to consider. For us, we finally saw adoption as what we are called to do in order to show love to others.

God revealed to us that adoption is not at all about Randy, it is not about Melanie, and it is not about Elijah. Simply put – it is about our future child. It is going to be an incredibly sacrificial but blessed journey to show the love of Christ to a child of God. It is going to be an opportunity to look at this child and remind him or her that so many people love them. More importantly, it is going to give us a chance to remind this child that God loves them.

Shortly after the conference, we chose Bethany Christian Services as our agency for many reasons. We were very drawn to them as a Christian agency, as we believe that this whole process has been God’s design. We also love how much emphasis they put on counseling the expectant mothers and educating all parties involved. Throughout this process, we have been opening up about this journey with friends and family. So many people have been supportive of us by encouraging our choice and praying for us along the way. It is wonderful to see how God is already using this journey as an opportunity for us to open up about how He is actively working in our lives.

We still have a little while to go in the process. We are now at the stage where we will be presented to expectant families and we are praying that our story and our family stands out to the right person at the right time. We know that God has his hands all over this journey and we trust that he will give us the opportunity to love a child that is meant to join our incredibly happy little family.

Apart from your continued support through prayer, we also ask that you please consider supporting us financially in this journey. The costs of the home study, agency fees, birth mother care, and legal fees are a significant challenge. In total, we estimate that the cost will be approximately $33,000. We know that God brought us to this and that he will guide us in finding a way to manage the associated costs, but we know that we cannot do it alone. We would be so grateful for any contribution, large or small, that you might feel led to make to our adoption. 


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 “Clonan 7731”, 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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Matching Grant!

July 2, 2018

Hi Everyone,

We are so happy to share that Life Song/North Way Christian Community has given us a $3000 matching grant applied towards our fundraising done through Life Song. We are so grateful for this amazing gift, and grateful to all who have contributed to help us reach our goal. Our home study was approved on May 31st and now we’re just waiting for that lucky day when we learn of our future son/daughter! Thank you all again!

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Comments

$100

Jackie

Dec 20, 2018

“Happy Holidays!!! Go get em out there!~Ashley & Celeste”

$150

Offline Donation

Sep 22, 2018

$100

Julie

Jul 27, 2018

$350

Ashley

Jul 3, 2018

“I'm so excited for you three, *soon to be* four!!! This couldn't be happening to a more amazing and loving family! I'll be praying for everyone involved. :)”

$25

Sheila

Jul 3, 2018

“Best wishes to you on this amazing journey!”

$100

Lynn

Jul 3, 2018

$50

Tami

Jul 3, 2018

“Randy and Melanie - may God bless your journey toward this new child. Keep the courage and faith!”

$20

Jamie

Jun 3, 2018

$3,000

Offline Donation

Jun 1, 2018

$100

ANGELA

May 28, 2018

“Randy and Melanie, You will be an amazing blessing to a child! I will continue to pray for you as you go through this journey. -Angela”

$100

Lee

May 21, 2018

“What a lucky baby to be welcomed and loved by such an awesome family!”

$20

Shannon

May 21, 2018

$50

Brian

May 16, 2018

“Randy and Melanie, I am very happy to contribute to this adoption and know what a wonderful family and home you will be able to give to your future son or daughter. Best wishes, Brian”

$20

Kristi

May 15, 2018

“Best wishes throughout your adoption journey! So excited for you and your family! - Kristi Markanich & Mike Schmitt”

$50

Ron and Jen

May 15, 2018

$500

Offline Donation

May 14, 2018

$100

Missy

May 12, 2018

“Such an exciting time! You are all in our prayers as you begin this amazing journey. -Blair, Missy, and Callee :)”

$50

Gina

May 11, 2018

“Sending love and prayers to a wonderful family! I’m so excited for you guys! :)”

$25

Paul

May 10, 2018

“Good luck to your family! We wish you all the best. Paul and Rebecca Wolf”

$30

Julie

May 8, 2018

$100

Daniela

May 7, 2018

“Good luck & God bless!”

$50

Chris

May 6, 2018

“God bless”

$25

Hidden

May 4, 2018

$100

Tara

May 2, 2018

“Wishing you, Randy, and Elijah the best on your journey! You deserve it!”

$50

Steven

May 2, 2018

“You are doing a wonderful thing. Best of luck to you all! -Steve and Jo-anne”

$25

Tawnya

May 2, 2018

“Best Wishes!”

$50

Allison

May 2, 2018

“So excited for your family! Sending prayers. :-)”

$20

Maur

May 2, 2018

“I am so excited for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”

$50

Adrienne

May 2, 2018

“I just love you guys. Can't wait to meet a new member of your family :)”

$200

Thomas

May 2, 2018

“Welcome to the world of adoption. With 4 adopted children, It is an amazing experience.”

$25

Hidden

May 1, 2018

“Best of luck to your family! What a blessing!”

$50

Offline Donation

May 1, 2018

$100

Dale

Apr 30, 2018

“Prayers for guidance through this process!”

$50

Carrie

Apr 30, 2018

“We will be praying for you all throughout this journey! ❤️”

$50

Courtney

Apr 30, 2018

“I am so excited for you, Randy, and Elijah. What a wonderful journey you are all about to embark upon. Your new addition will be so lucky to have you in his/her life when he/she arrives. Best of luck!!”

$10

Thomas

Apr 30, 2018

“Good luck!”

$100

Offline Donation

Apr 30, 2018

$500

Offline Donation

Apr 30, 2018

$25

Leanna

Apr 29, 2018

“Best wishes and lots of love ❤️ Leanna and Jarret”

$50

Anthony

Apr 29, 2018

“You guys are awesome!”

$100

Joyce

Apr 29, 2018

“Hope everything works out for you... any child would be extremely blessed to have you for parents! Love, Aunt Joyce and Uncle Steve”

$30

Amy

Apr 29, 2018

$500

Hidden

Apr 29, 2018

““Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me””

$50

John & Jean

Apr 29, 2018

“God's grace, love and blessings on all of you throughout this process!”