Giving Kids a Great Start – Jerry & Marian Martin

Jerry and Marian Martin IBOs since 1976 | Founders Platinum, When Jerry and Marian Martin married in 1961, they wanted six kids. Soon Teresa Ann was born, followed by Diane Marie … and then a doctor’s warning not to expect more babies. When their church published a request for foster parents, they quickly responded. One week later, they welcomed the first of 73 foster kids who would find love and comfort in their home. During the early years of foster parenthood, Marian defied her physician’s warning and gave birth to Patricia.

But still they were not complete.

A few years later, devastated by a failed adoption, Jerry and Marian were on the verge of leaving the foster program. Then they got a call about a little girl desperate for a safe home. Unable to say no to a child, they opened their doors once again. Before long, little Cyndi won their hearts, and she became the fourth Martin daughter, through adoption. Jerry and Marian never did have the six kids they planned, but from 1962 to 1997 they cared for a total of 76 infants, children, and teens in their Delaware home. Today, they wish more people would give foster parenting a try.

“There are kids hurting and starving, and the chance to help them is available,” says Jerry. “Kids don’t ask to be born into bad situations. You can take them out of those situations.”

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