Shared Beginnings began with a desire to restore voice and choice to expectant women who are considering adoption. We link arms with these brave women, connect them to community resources, and help them make informed decisions along the way.

Our dedicated team at Shared Beginnings supports birth moms at any time in their post placement journey and assists pregnant moms considering making an adoption plan for their baby. From the first call with us and long after the adoption process is finalized, we are here for you.

This is our Mission

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

This is our Vision

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





Executive Director

About Michaela

Michaela is an adoptive mom of 3 beautiful kids-Mya, Asher and Kade. She grew up in the cornfields of Ohio and received her degree from Cedarville University but loves Northwest Arkansas. Michaela and her husband Scott have been married for 11 years. Her passion is helping serve brave moms who want to make the best choice for their children.


Director of External Relations

About Julia

Julia, Director of External Relations at Shared Beginnings, is a passionate advocate with a background in Art Therapy from Piedmont College. A dedicated mom and married to her high school sweetheart, Brandon, Julia recently moved to the NWA area. As an Enneagram 3, she has built her career fighting for the overlooked, using her creative and compassionate approach. With a commitment to justice, Julia is excited to continue making a positive impact and creating shared beginnings for all in her new community. Her journey is defined by a relentless pursuit of inclusivity, leveraging her skills to bring about positive change and build bridges of understanding.


Finance & Compliance Director

About Sarah

Sarah is a mother of two and passionate about healthy families. She graduated from Southwest Baptist University with degrees in International Business and Christian Ministry. Her life mission is to help people understand the deep love of Christ. She loves getting to report on the hard work that our team does to go above and beyond what is required to serve our clients well and ensuring the organization is operating in the most ethical way possible.


Assistant Program Director

About Sarah



Prospective Adoptive Parent Care Manager

About Evelyn

Evelyn is a mother to her 1 and only daughter Edyn Marie. Evelyn and her husband have been married for 14 years. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in Child & Family Studies. Evelyn has a passion for helping families to improve mentally, physically and emotionally to obtain a better quality of life.


Expectant Mom & Birth Mom Support Care Manager

About Rachel

Rachel has a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Maryville University. In her 15 year career, her experience spans from behavioral health, DHS Services to elder care. During her spare time she enjoys photography, hiking and traveling. Her favorite places are Belize & the Buffalo River!


Community Outreach Manager

About Sarah

Sarah graduated from University of Arkansas-Fort Smith with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration. After exploring a career in finance, she felt called to a more fulfilling job helping others. She serves as our Community Outreach Manager, helping to expand our reach to serve the families in the rest of Arkansas. Sarah is an active member of her home church, where her husband Jacob is on staff as the Student Director. When she isn’t helping him in youth, she can be found playing piano, collecting plants, or playing with her two dogs.


Prospective Adoptive Parent Care Coordinator

About Kristin

Kristin has worked in nonprofits for over 8 years and is passionate about working with women and helping families walk through the adoption process. Kristin has been married to Adam for 9 years and together they are raising 2 boys that came to their family through adoption. Besides being outside with her boys and camping, Kristin loves expanding her collection of indoor and outdoor plants.


Fundraising & Events Manager

About Heidi

Heidi recently graduated from Florida State University with a Master's degree in Social Work. She has a background in working with children within the mental health field. Heidi grew up in Arkansas and loves spending time outdoors. She has a red heeler that tags along when kayaking or riding ATVs. Her favorite season is summer, and she loves spending summer weekends at the lake with her fiancé.


Social Media, Marketing, and Communication Coordinator

About Anna

Anna recently graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Public Health. Her heart for meaningful connections and her flair for creativity led her to her current role here at Shared Beginnings. Anna and her husband love being together here in NWA whether it is attending Arkansas sports games or engaging with their church community at Fellowship Fayetteville. When she's not crafting or indulging in her obsession with 7Brew Coffee, you'll find her at TJ Maxx or a thrift store trying to find a good deal.


Home Study Social Worker

About Martha

Martha and her husband Matt live locally in Springdale, AR and have 3 children through adoption. Martha seeks to acknowledge the reality of coexisting grief and joy in each adoption story. Martha has been a social worker for 15+ years with various experience in therapeutic foster care, school based counseling, housing advocacy, & community resource coordinating. She now enjoys supporting and educating families during the home study process and always has coffee in hand.


Long Term Support Manager

About Bailey



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