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“The baby was born early and is in the NICU. It’s time for you come to Colorado.” The voice on the other line – my caseworker from CCS – was gentle and forthcoming. The baby arrived six weeks early and was struggling due to drug and alcohol exposure in utero. On top of that, her birth father had begun to question the adoption plan due to a deep distrust of the child protection and foster care system.


So much was up in the air. But nothing was bigger than the love God had already put in our hearts – not even the distance that stretched between our home and the state of Colorado.


“We’ll be there,” we answered breathlessly into the phone. And for six weeks, we were. The nursing staff told us that the baby needed much more than medical care. We held her sweet, tiny body as she battled. We fed her, cared for her and bathed her daily. The nurses noted that her vitals improved every time we held her. Our love and dedication helped her thrive.


While we were at the hospital, we routinely sent pictures and updates to the baby’s birth parents. During that time, they continued to receive counseling from their CCS caseworker and expressed that their confidence in their adoption plan grew stronger after witnessing how fiercely we loved the baby through the commitment we had already shown. That, coupled with the support and guidance of CCS, helped dispel the birth father’s mistrust in the adoption process.


Today, our sweet girl, Marie is happily settled into our home. She is a beautiful gift and constant reminder of God’s faithfulness when we fall under His sovereign plan. We will be forever grateful for the perseverance and guidance shown by the CCS team for making our dream of having a child come true.

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This year marks our 60th anniversary and it is an occasion to be celebrated. Colorado Christian Services was founded by Walter and Marie Martin in 1963, members of the Englewood church of Christ. Although they had six children of their own, they knew that not all kids had good homes, and they wanted to do what they could to help.


Walter and Marie first opened a small group home next door to the church building as part of their dream to help “troubled teens.” Walter and Marie slowly adjusted their mission from supporting children during a difficult transition, to guiding children into stable and permanent families that could love them always through adoption. This vision continues today.


We are committed to being a leader in the field of adoption because of our dedication to strengthening families with an emphasis on Christian values, as well as respecting the dignity and worth of all individuals.


To date, nearly 1,200 children have been placed for adoption and over 6,500 women in unplanned pregnancies have been counseled throughout our 60-year history. Many lives have been touched in big and small ways by CCS.


We have seen God’s faithfulness time and time again and are hopeful for all He will do in the coming years. 

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A single question was posed to Charlotte, Madison, Harper and Riley for their high school senior capstone project: How can you use your gifts to make the world a better place? Raised in Christian homes, the girls heard: How can you be God’s hands and feet?


Imagine how proud we felt when this group of teenage girls wanted to join us in our calling. After contacting several nonprofits in the area, the girls were inspired by CCS’s commitment to partner with birth families long after their babies are born.


We immediately thought of Hailey, a teen mom who felt isolated and unsupported. Her initial baby shower was a subdued event, and she had already given birth to her daughter with minimal resources or excitement. As soon as the four girls heard Hailey’s story, they knew they wanted to offer assistance and celebrate her and her baby.


They immediately began fundraising at their school and contacting local bible study groups to request donations. Soon, every single item on Hailey’s wish list was purchased by people she had never even met. Inspired to do even more, the girls sold bracelets to raise money for baby formula. The girls celebrated and welcomed Hailey’s baby into the world by throwing her a beautiful baby shower where they presented her with gifts, essential baby items and gift cards.


Because these girls gave God their ‘yes’, He sent other parts of the body of Christ to partner with them in supporting Hailey and her baby. Their hands and feet blessed the tiny hands and feet of a baby who was finally given the welcome she deserved. Today, the girls continue to keep in touch with Hailey and remind her that she is not alone.

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The nurse could see the fear and shock in my eyes as she handed me brochures from local adoption agencies. I was twenty years old and had just found out that I was eight months pregnant. When I called the guy who I had been seeing, he immediately told me to get an abortion. Then he hung up on me.

I first began meeting with my caseworker at Colorado Christian Services wanting to explore adoption as an option for my baby. I was nervous but felt safe and like I could trust her. During counseling, I realized that I actually wanted to keep my baby.

I was really afraid to tell my dad about my pregnancy and was unsure what his reaction would be to me being a single parent. My caseworker offered to help prepare me for that conversation and was there when I told my dad. After hearing my news, my dad stepped into my corner and has never looked back. He has been so supportive when it comes to helping me raise my son.

Today, my caseworker continues to check in with me. And I can get baby items from CCS whenever I need them. I am so grateful for the support that I received from Colorado Christian Services during one of the scariest and loneliest times in my life.  Even though they are an adoption agency, they are there for the women they help, no matter what they decide.

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