SHARED CONNECTIONS IS COMING UP ON JULY 26th & 27th!

OUR STORY

When someone says “family” we each think of what that looks like to us…

Some families journeys have been harder than others and some have family meaning the people you choose that don’t have blood relationship.

In our families case, having extended family of our choosing started with my grandparents. For three generations, my family is made up of diversity -German immigrants, Navaho, Black, Marshallese, and many more.

Life often catches us off guard and we find the need to make a choice. In our families journey, this fire started within me when my son’s mom wasn’t supported in her choice to place him for adoption.

OUR MISSION

Empowering the community to build healthy families by supporting pregnant women, first families, adoptees and adoptive families.

 

OUR VISION

We seek to humanize the legal process of adoption by raising the standards for ethical practices across Arkansas.

HISTORY OF SHARED BEGINNINGS

2018 - FOUNDED

Originally incorporated as a birth family support organization only. Adoption license added in late 2018

2019 - GETTING STARTED

Built up awareness in the community of the organization. In Oct. 2019, with the arrest of an AR Adoption Attorney, launched the USCRIs Trafficking Victims Assistance Program. Ran this program through 2021 and supported 133 women found to be adoption trafficking victims.

2020 - PANDEMIC

Along with the rest of the world, our face to face contact had to pivot. Education classes, support groups, and counseling sessions were all held virtually. To support women giving birth, staff became doula certified.

2021 - EDUCATE

This year, we started requiring in-house education after onboarding new adoptive parents. We expanded our life skills classes to cover ESL and major topics to better support expectant/birth moms, offering up to 3 classes per week. 

2022 - REIMAGINE

COVID funds and grants pivoted and our organization followed with a re-evaluation of our programs and services. Our kinship adoption and guardianship program began.

2023 - DEVELOPMENT

Launched our development team and doubled our Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant income. We also launched our free hospital bag program across NWA. 

2024 - LOOKING FORWARD

We are looking to expand our reach across Arkansas by making connections with crisis pregnancy centers, hospital networks, and non-profit partners. We are also growing our hospital bag program through the launch of our online boutique.

OUR VALUES

RESPECT FOR ALL

SERVE & SUPPORT WITH EXCELLENCE

ACT WITH INTEGRITY

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