Emerald Coast Fellowship holds adoption ceremony
For a few minutes Sunday morning, Emerald Coast Fellowship in Lynn Haven turned into a courthouse to welcome in 16-month-old Annah Owens as the newest member of the Owens family and finalize her adoption.
Clay Owens said, "We can't say enough how special it is to do it here because our church family has been so supportive in the whole process."
Clay and Laura Owens already have four daughters and started fostering Annah when she was only seven weeks old, and three weeks later Hurricane Michael hit.
Clay added, "So, when the storm hit she was ten weeks, so still really little. We were evacuated for a while and living in condos, hotels, and RVs. We moved about ten times since the storm and she went everywhere we went."
They said the trials of moving around so much during the storm made the final adoption ceremony all the sweeter.
"We have a lot of kids in foster care in Bay County and in our state. More than anything the desire is for them to find a home that's loving, stable, and permanent,” said Clay. “She had lived with us for almost a year at that point and we just wanted to open our home and make her part of our family."
The service also had booths set up with information about foster and adoption services in our area.