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Making an adoption plan can be a very empowering choice. Adoption is a safe and loving way to provide a home for your child when parenting isn’t an option. You can give your baby a home, a family and life. We provide free information about the adoption process in Alabama. Financial assistance for medical and living expenses is available for the Birth Mother, along with many other benefits.
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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.
Most little girls grow up dreaming about the man she will marry and the family she will have. I was one of those little girls. I grew up in a small farm community in Georgia where most people were married and/or had children young. Well, that was not my story….
After passing “the age of marriage,” I believed I was going to be single and would adopt my first child by the age of 30. Then I met my husband, Nestor, of 20 years. He was a widower with 2 children. Which when I dreamed of my husband as a little girl, that detail was not in it. But it was the beginning of an amazing journey for me when I learned to become 2nd and trust God in the details.
After getting married, I thought Nestor and I would add more children to our family, but that did not happen, at least not in the “dream” sense. We tried fertility treatment off and on for 11 years. I have never had the pleasure of saying “I’m pregnant” because God had a different plan: Open Adoption.
We adopted our first son in 2002 and again, not the way I had “dreamed” it. We were chosen to adopt a 25-week-old preemie with page after page of issues, who teaches us how to love purely. Seven years later—again, not my “dream” timeline—we adopted our second son, who teaches us we cannot follow the parenting rule book, just the Holy Spirit! Three years later, we adopted our daughter, again, not my “dream” scenario, yet Jesus knew she was the one to teach us joy during trials! Therefore, I have my perfect family—just as I dreamed—by letting go of the details and saying yes to being 2nd.
Lots of people believe being 2nd is a bad thing. I learned being 2nd is a place to be cherished. I am the 2nd mama; I did not carry my children or bring them into the world. Their birth parents do not get to be a part of their child’s day-to-day living and can feel 2nd. But working together in Open Adoption, each parent giving something unique and what the other cannot give, makes us both #1 in our child’s life and eyes, all because two sets of parents agreed to place our child 1st.
We all, at some point, deal with a broken “dream,” whether it is infertility or an unplanned pregnancy. We then must choose how we will respond. Being 2nd does not come without heartache for birth parents and adoptive parents, but being 2nd together, through Open Adoption, works out to being 1st to a beautiful baby.
Abiding Love strives to help, to the best of our ability, birth parents realize they are GREAT parents, and walk them through one of the toughest, most heart-wrenching decisions of their lives. When creating Abiding Love, Carrie and I set in motion an environment where our team goes-all-out to protect YOUR rights, YOUR desires, and YOUR adoption plan. We will be there to help you for as long as you need us as we grow into ONE BIG FAMILY.
Serving as a Birth Parent Advocate for over 10 years, I am present to help you every step of the way, including bringing your favorite comfort food or sharing mine: a cold Reese’s cup and cold glass of milk. I look forward to hearing from you.
When I was 12 years old, I went to a youth conference with my youth group. I remember at one session this organization came up and gave a testimony of how many young girls and woman are treated all across the world. I was heartbroken that a girl just like me, my age, and so innocent to the world could be broken in so many ways. In that moment, the Lord called to empower woman. I knew that my life would be full of rescuing women out of the mindset that the world has built for them.
I honestly did not know what that looked like. When I went to college, I wasn’t told the thousands of options that were out there to choose from. I thought it had to be wrapped in something medical, like a being a nurse. All along I didn’t know how this would get me to where the Lord had called me to be but, I knew that if I kept walking forward somehow the Lord would get me to where I needed to be. Long story short I received my invitation to nursing school after the first 2 years of college and everything inside knew it wasn’t right. I had no explanation but that I couldn’t accept this invitation. Without any explanation, but only God’s grace and wisdom I declined my seat to nursing school so confused and broken inside. I was frustrated because I felt like I couldn’t get things right. There’s more to the story, but that would take an afternoon with a coffee in hand. I found myself taking a minor in Human Services. It opened my eyes to what the world had to offer. Two years later I graduated with my bachelor’s Human Services with a Minor in Applied Health Sciences with a world of opportunity.
My husband, Conner, and I are newlyweds and got married on April 18, 2020 in the mess of COVID-19. Everything planned was cancelled and went out the window with so many of my tears and confusion on why and what to do. Still I knew that the Lord had planned our marriage from the very beginning and with all that was inside me I knew we had to continue somehow with the date planned in the beginning. The date that was on 300 invitations to family and friends. April 18th came and my best friend and I got married in the field next to the house I grew up in along with 30 of our immediate family. The dream wedding the world puts in our minds is nothing compared to the marriage the Lord has created for you before you were ever born. April 18th was the best day of my life. My most favorite day of the year. Its where I married my best friend, Conner, and where the Lord taught me how to trust His plans.
Since 2016 the Lord highlighted the scripture Isaiah 55:9-11 to me. I encourage you to read those verses and hold fast to it in your life, but the gist of it is that God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and what He promises DOES NOT return to Him void or fall to the ground. Everything the Lord does has PURPOSE.
That is the same for adoption. With my experiences trusting the Lord and watching Him do amazing things in my life and others’ lives I look forward to working alongside a team of passionate Jesus Lovers and serve Birth Mothers just like Jesus did as they walk the road ahead of them.
I am a self proclaimed imperfect person, a daughter of the King who relies on His grace every day. I grew up in a small town in Texas where I met my husband, Eli. We later moved to Huntsville, Alabama and have made it our home for over 20 years. I graduated college with a degree in Psychology and I am also a certified trauma specialist. I am a passionate advocate for all people and I have a big heart for adoption, children with special needs and walking with people on difficult journeys.
God gave me three biological children – in four years! Life was crazy and busy but one of my babies was not healthy. She passed away in 2005. Her name is Emma and she left us when she was three. Her life has been the catalyst for a life dedicated to sharing hope with others. I believe God is good even in pain, He has taught me much through my daughter’s life. He is with us in our pain, because he knows our pain. His grace, mercy and hope are what I cling to.
God continually surprises me and in 2011 He led my husband and I to our youngest child through adoption. We didn’t think we would have any more children after our daughter passed away but God blessed us tremendously through adoption. We adopted our little girl from Nikolaev, Ukraine and I have seen a glimpse of God’s heart because of our adoption journey. But I know also know adoption is born of pain and have always loved and supported my daughter’s biological family, for their decisions and their courage. My youngest daughter is a spunky little thing who continually surprises us and has blessed our life. People always say, “she’s so lucky” but no…WE are! Our three children are now much older and life is still very busy!
My dedication to expectant and birth moms comes directly from the love and respect I have for my daughter’s birth mom. She was incredibly brave and I am forever grateful to her for giving life to her daughter and for giving her child a chance to be adopted in the middle of seemingly impossible circumstances.
I am very honored to walk with expectant and birth moms. I am here to listen to you, share chocolate, tears, laughs, help you, and most of all, encourage you. Once long ago, a friend told me she would carry my “bucket” – this was after my daughter passed away – her bucket wasn’t a real bucket but a pretend bucket – for my tears and thoughts. I accepted her offer and she was the shoulder I leaned on – she carried that bucket for many months.
I want to be the “bucket” for the ladies I’m blessed to walk with along the journey of pregnancy. I’m a transparent person with a love of weird 80’s music, nachos (with jalapeños), and a slight obsession to the Amish way of life, but most importantly – I will do everything I can to encourage and advocate for you along the way. I am so excited to be working with Abiding Love Adoptions! It has been a long time hope of mine to work with an adoption agency and I am beyond humbled to be working with Abiding Love. To Expectant and Birth moms, I truly can’t wait to meet you and get to know you.
Abiding Love Adoptions is an Adoption Agency that specializes in Infant Adoption in Alabama. 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!
- Financial Assistance
- Medical Care & Insurance
- Open Adoption Planning
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