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adoption agency florida

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pregnant and considering adoption?

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 Florida. Financial assistance for medical and living expenses is available for the Birth Mother, along with many other benefits.

Call 1 (800) 277-0748 or Text 1 (800) 277-0748

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SERVING THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA

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.

Sherri Weeks

Florida Birthmother Advocate

Sherri's BIO

My name is Sherri. I grew up in Sunny Florida, and currently live in Lakeland with my husband. You will often find me wearing bright colors, traveling, decorating and spending time with my children and grandchildren. I enjoy roller-skating, kayaking, and snow skiing. I enjoy entertaining, there is always room at the table. My journey to abiding love comes after going back to school to obtain my Masters in marriage and family Counseling, after a 30 year career as a school bus driver.  In addition I also drove buses at Disney and retired from Disney in 2020.  When I am not traveling, counseling, or spending time with family you might still find me at Disney. 

I am the oldest of 5 siblings. My younger siblings were my life growing up; I loved them all so much and had a caring relationship with all of them. When I was a young adult, I knew I wanted children and ended up having two of my own, a daughter and a son. My children were my pride and joy and I wanted to make the best memories with and for them. We did so many things together: cheerleading, football, music competitions, and even summer-long trips around the country in an RV. 

My love of children continued into my career. When I was 21, I began driving a school bus. I had no idea that it would lead to a 30 year long career that would eventually lead to caring for special needs children. From my work on the school bus, I began a non-profit organization for special needs students and made lifelong friends with many of them and their parents. They became my extended children and I will always remember the impact each of them had on me. 

The love of relationships between parent and child led me to seek higher education and, in 2001, I started college to obtain my Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling. The combination of school and full time work was very difficult but I knew I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others so I kept going and eventually graduated with my long awaited Master’s degree. Through my time in college and work combined, I would come to meet and marry the love of my life. We have 4 children between us and love every second we spend with them and our grandchildren.

Through My life God has taught me something in each season. I always try to have an open mind, and explore what that might be. It has eventually led me to Abiding Love. I have had years of experience for caring for others, and supporting them. I look forward to working alongside birth families to give them the support they need in this part of the journey. And as a mom it is an honor to love on other moms wherever they are from and at whatever stage they are in life. 

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. 

our locations

Jacksonville, Florida
904-780-5657

Stuart, Florida
772-362-1949

Miami Beach, Florida
305-614-7950

Gainesville, Florida
352-987-8472

Boca Raton, Florida
561-677-9107

Panama City Beach, Florida
850-660-9170

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!

We provide:

  • Financial Assistance
  • Medical Care & Insurance
  • Open Adoption Planning
  • and much more

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