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Unlike other Adoption Agencies, we only work with women who are pregnant during the adoption process. This means when creating an adoption plan, we do not work with or represent the interests of the Adoptive Family. This allows us to love and protect YOU and your future.

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Carrie Murray Nellis

Executive Director & Florida State Director

Carrie's BIO

My Mother tells a story about me at the ripe age of 7. She found me pacing up and down the driveway with my suitcase full of necessities (i.e. dolls, toys, etc) in hand. A family friend happened to be out for a run and stopped me thinking I was planning to run away. He asked: “Carrie, what are you doing?” With the innocence of a 7 year old I simply answered “Mr. Stan don’t you know Jesus is coming? Are you ready?”

And with that I seem to have never stopped asking the same question to all who would listen. As I grew older I realized simply loving people was more effective than words – but when God opened the doors the question remained the same – Are you Ready?

I graduated from Wheaton College with degrees I would never use, but my time at Wheaton furthered my passion for others and a thirst to discover how my talents & passions fit into the body of christ.

My sweet husband, Gil, and I married fresh out of college. Only three months into our marriage when literally I woke him up in the middle of the night to say “God is calling me to go to Law School.” His response was as surprising as my impromptu announcement – He said “me too.” And with that we quit our jobs and went to Mercer University School of Law together. Throughout our time at Mercer I admit I was jealous of Gil. He was focused. He knew his calling was towards Tax law and Estate Planning. For three years I continually asked God “Are you sure I heard you right?” “Why am I here?” His steady voice continued to say “Just wait.”

After Graduation, I worked for a small general practice law firm in Savannah, Georgia. I was blessed with great partners who genuinely loved me, but I was lost – still not knowing why God had called me to practice law.

Within my first year of practice, I had my first Adoption case and a fire inside me started burning. Shortly afterwards The Murray Nellis Law Group was born. I quickly became involved in Juvenile Court cases and saw an opportunity to serve my clients by not only fighting for them inside the courtroom, but by loving them outside the courtroom walls as well. But as many do, I became disillusioned with the Juvenile System that so many times it fails our children and Birthparents. The Lord showed me that through Open Adoption children would have an opportunity for a stable safe upbringing and Birthparents would have the opportunity to reclaim their dignity and know what it means to be truly loved.

And so one thing lead to another – years have gone by and the Lord allowed my law practice to become exclusively centered around Adoption Law.

For years I have had the opportunity to work alongside Vicki, but in 2016, the Lord called us to start Abiding Love Adoption Agency. It is our passion to serve Birthparents and to serve them well by loving them FIRST! I consider it an honor that God chose me to love on such special women and men during one of the most difficult times of their lives.

Britt Paladino

Birthmother Mentor and Public Relations Manager

Britt's BIO

I am a Bostonian now happily living on the Space Coast of Florida. I love the sway of a palm tree and any excuse to buy more sunglasses. I am married to my husband, a quadriplegic and a passionate disability advocate. I parent one teen daughter who lives life on the spectrum. Those two, along with my three dogs, keep me pretty busy! I am also a published writer in several publications and have authored two books (and counting). Running is a hobby I enjoy a lot. I am also a longtime weight lifter. I might be the best athlete, but I am determined. This is a skill I have learned to embrace about life in general: Do it fast or do it slowly, but don’t give up! 


I am deeply committed to adoption as a viable option for an unexpected pregnancy. I know this is true because I became a birthmother 11 years ago. Coming to terms with the fact that adoption was the best choice for everyone in my unexpected pregnancy situation was humbling and scary. Thankfully, I had loving people come around me to support me through the process, alleviate the fear of the unknown, and strengthen my faith as I walked through this. There were many questions along the way. I had doubts too. I want to be there for the next woman contemplating adoption for her unexpected pregnancy. To replace fear with confidence. To strengthen her feeble knees as she walks through the unknowns of adoption planning. I want to go before her to pave the best way possible for a healthy experience. That is what I hope to do. That is what gets me out of bed to do this work in the morning. I don’t know what every woman who does this is going to go through. I know the journey is a lot better for her when she knows someone understands and can show her the way to go through the lens of shared experiences. 


I have an open adoption and a great relationship with my biological daughter and her family. We have more of a relationship than any of us planned on, which makes it all the more special. My advice to couples seeking adoption; be honest about what you want in an ongoing relationship with a prospective birth mother to your child, but make sure to leave room in your heart for more. 


My work in the Pro-Life arena concerning adoption takes me to many stages to share my story and advocate for adoption. It is has been my joy to help raise awareness about women just like me in how we can change how society sees us and what we can do to make adoption more of a conversation in Pro-life circles. 


It is my joy to serve the next woman seeking to make an adoption plan. God has been gracious to me in allowing me many opportunities to do that outside of Abiding Love, and now as an advocate for an organization I love and respect so much. 

Lori A. Standard

Director Adoptive Family Advocacy and Human Resources

Lori 's BIO
I head up Adoptive Family Services for Abiding Love Adoption Agency, as well as Human Resources Department for hiring and employee management for Abiding Love Adoption Agency and Abiding Love Charities. I am honored to serve alongside our Adoptive Families in the Matching, Placement and Adoption process, if a Birthmother chooses to make an adoption plan. Abiding Love is dedicated to serve our Birthmothers in their journey, I feel that in order for us to do that we also must educate and well serve the Adoptive Families they choose. We do this by giving them a voice and educating them about Open Adoption and how to establish healthy, long lasting boundaries that grow the relationship between Parents and Child.

I am a native Georgian, growing up in Dunwoody, GA with my three sisters and numerous animals. We raised our children in Roswell, GA, most recently moving to Dahlonega, Georgia with my husband Kevin. We are a blended family of five children. My two biological children were adopted as adults by my husband and I am honored to be the Bonus Mom to his three biological children. Our kids range in age from 26 to 18 years old. We are empty-nesters starting to navigate life without children in our house for the first time, but loving mountain life. You will find us on the golf course and tennis courts, enjoying our sweet little town with its many restaurants and vineyards.

It is my honor to serve alongside our Executive Director, Staff, and Families for the past 5 years. God is gracious in the gifts He gives each of us and the calling He has placed on our hearts to serve others intentionally, and well.
Kirsten Slanker

Kirsten's BIO

I am a true Floridian, born in Ft. Myers and moved to Lake city at age 6. I have been in living in the Ocala area for the past 10 years and absolutely love it here. I am a mommy to 3 wonderful children who are my absolute life. I have 2 dogs, many chickens, and a bearded dragon. I love spending my extra time camping and boating with friends and family. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it is that God is with me in every storm I come across and continues to follow me in all my journeys. I am so grateful for His love. I am so proud and thankful for being able to be a part of this wonderful mission and to help in any way I can.

Morgan Zichettella

Birthmother advocate

Morgan's BIO

The Sánskrit word, Antevasin, means “one who lives at the border,”  an “in-betweener,” constantly between old thinking and new understanding, which is how I’d best describe myself: living between two worlds. I was raised to be a proper Southern debutant, yet I knew there was more to life than the deep South, so I sought to explore the world. My varied life experiences and cultural perspectives have given me the gift of being objective, kind, and understanding of the needs of others. I’m not afraid to dive into serious and sometimes complex topics with people I just met. I’ve learned being vulnerable and respectful can lead to meaningful conversations and connections, all because there is a mutual understanding of the importance of each being seen and heard. There is space to understand “tradition” and question the why. There is power in inclusion and value in listening and learning from others. Last time I checked, ALL are welcome at Jesus’ table.


When faced with an unexpected pregnancy in 2006 and 2014, both times, the immediate feeling of panic, being overwhelmed, and confusion about what was the right thing to do consumed me. My first pregnancy ended in an abortion. I sought answers during my second pregnancy, determined to do what would be best for all.  There’s so much nonsense on the internet, and everyone wants to tell you what they think you should do when all I desired was someone to have an in-person, non-biased conversation with me to understand my options and learn what open adoption was all about. Rational, hard decisions needed to be made, and I couldn’t do that while in a crisis mentality. Often, when emotions take over decisions, regret follows. There was never the question of wanting my child, but what was best for my child. It’s tough to humble oneself and admit to feeling incapable of parenting. A true parent’s love is willing to sacrifice their wants and needs for what’s best for their child. This bittersweet decision was no different.  Open adoption has led to an incredible relationship with my son and his family. It is essential to recognize that we all hold space for our grief, yet the peace with my decision, communication, and love among us all provides balance.


Fifty percent of pregnancies are unexpected, which means half of pregnant women experience some kind of crisis. No one should have to make this journey alone. Life as she knew it is no more, and some hard decisions are ahead. As an advocate for women and our rights, I’ve joined the Abiding Love team to amplify her voice and provide a safe space to walk alongside, listen, have hard conversations, and empower her to ensure she knows all her rights in determining what’s best for her and her child.


Never Alone. Never Forgotten. Always Loved. ~ Abiding Love

Our Locations

Jacksonville, Florida

Stuart, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

Abiding Love Adoptions is an Adoption Agency that specializes in Infant Adoption in Florida. Our mission is to love and support the Birth Mother throughout the Open Adoption Process.

Unlike other Adoption Agencies, we only work with the Birth Mother and or Birth Parents. When creating an adoption plan, we do not work with or represent the interests of the Adoptive Family. This allows us to love and protect our clients as they navigate the adoption process. Start with the AGENCY that puts YOU first!

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Exploring adoption is not a commitment to make an adoption plan. Learn about adoption to see if it’s the best choice for you.