Families In One Town Adopt 77 Children. This Couple Led The Way.

Donna Martin was one of eighteen children whose mother managed to instill respect, compassion, and unconditional love in each of them. Donna went through devastating pain and loss following her mother’s passing. After grieving for months, she felt a call to “Give back. What about those children that didn’t have what you had?” Though she and her husband were not well-off and already had two of their own, they adopted several children. It wasn’t easy, bringing with it many heartbreaks and challenges, but they encouraged others to follow their lead. So far, twenty-three families in their small town have adopted seventy-seven of “the most difficult-to-place children in the regional foster system.” The Martins have inspired many other adoptions across the country, as well as a movie. They call it a movement, and hope it is “a catalyst to open doors to hundreds and thousands of children to have a lovely home.” 

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