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Chris, Alicia & Austin Martin

How We Got Here:
We have long felt called to bring an orphan into our home. We started on our adoption journey in early 2012, when we decided to pursue a domestic adoption through the foster care system. In a recent home visit with our case worker, it was made clear to us that with the route we had chosen, the criteria we had in place would keep us waiting for a placement for a long, long, long, time. We were encouraged to seek out other options through private and international adoption. It didn’t take long for us to decide that – since we weren’t trying only to grow our family, but to give a family to an orphan – international adoption was the way we should go. So, here we are. It kind of feels like we’re starting from square one again, but we will do what we have to do! We have decided to adopt from China.

How You can Help:
A long, exciting road lies ahead of us, and we could use your support! We know this process can be long and difficult, so please be thinking of us, praying for us, and encouraging us as we continue forward on this journey. You can follow our family’s progress at our family blog:

Unlike a domestic, public adoption, an international adoption takes quite a bit of money to complete. There are background checks, home study fees, travel costs, translation services, medical exams, legal fees, administrative fees, as well as a slew of other costs associated with the process.

If you’d like to help us bring another “piece” of our family home, you can! We are going to have a 1,000 piece puzzle made to frame in our future child’s bedroom. We’d be honored if you’d “purchase” a piece (or pieces!) of the puzzle, for $15 each. When you do that, we’ll lovingly write your name on the back of the piece! This will allow us to always remember all of the love that was poured into our family during this time, and all of people who, PIECE by PIECE, helped to bring us together.

To DONATE BY MAIL, please make out the check to ABBA Fund (do not write the family name on the physical check, which will invalidate the charitable aspect of your gift … instead either print out this page to send with it or include a separate note to request that we preference your gift toward the family profiled on this page) — then mail your check and preference request to:  

ABBA Fund, PO BOX 868049, Plano, TX 75086-8049

Using the online form on this page automatically submits a request to preference your gift to the family profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund. ABBA Fund administers this fund and maintains full control and administration of all donated funds. We also strive to honor our donor’s preference requests in accordance with IRS and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) guidelines.

The IRS allows donors to state a preference of how their contribution is used and request that the gift support a particular family — and it allows the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) to fully consider that request as long as the donor understands and acknowledges for charitably given tax-deductible gifts that the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of your gift is at the discretion of the charitable organization. By using this online form, or other method described above, you are acknowledging an understanding of those IRS guidelines.

As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (family) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the family. Every gift into the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund is helping reduce the financial burden of adoption for families that have qualified for adoption assistance from ABBA Fund.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund, and broad participation in the fund helps ensure that ABBA Fund is able to assist each approved family with the grant and loan funds preferenced to reduce the financial burden of their adoption. ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $6.5 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 1,012 orphans become sons and daughters in 912 Christian families since 2004 (as of early 2015) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

2 Responses to “Chris, Alicia & Austin Martin”

  1. Jim Passe & Lindsay Lewis says:

    Sending love and hugs!

  2. The Beyer's says:

    We are praying for you guys! Your new addition will be so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family.
    Eric, Paula, Hannah and Patrick

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