I'M HOPING TO ADOPT
INTERESTED IN ADOPTING?
The process of adopting comes with its challenges. Shared Beginnings aims to provide information, education and support to families hoping to adopt.
As an expectant and birth mom support organization, we function a bit differently than most agencies.
If you are interested in being selected by an expectant mom we are helping, please contact us through the inquiry form below. We will send you information on our process and fees and answer any questions you may have.
We dream of a world where every adoption is ethical and every voice is heard so we encourage you to ask the hard questions as you select an agency.
WHAT SHARED BEGINNINGS OFFERS YOU
Connection: We are big proponents of open adoption. This not only benefits the child but both sets of parents. Attachment and a sense of being are tremendously important to any human. We grow these relationships through regular video chats with families and in person visits.
Education: Adopting a child is a huge responsibility. We rely heavily on adult adoptees and birth mothers to guide our organization and the adoptive families we work with. We require ALL adoptive parents to undergo at least 10 hours of education as a part of our training program. In this program, you will learn about expectant mom support, open adoption, transracial adoption, navigating post-placement relationships, and much more!
Truth and transparency in adoption: As advocates for more ethical Arkansas legislation in adoption over the past 4 years, we stand by the fact your journey with us will be one filled with answers and clarity about the process and details.
For more information, check out our answers to the most frequently asked questions:
How the Adoption Process Works
From the moment you consider adoption until the process is complete and everything in between. We strive to fully educate and support everyone involved with only the most factual and updated information available.
FILL OUT ONLINE INQUIRY
REVIEW INFORMATIONAL DOCUMENTS
You received an email with important information such as the fee
structure, communication model, and FAQs
COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL SURVEYS
If you're financially and emotionally ready to move forward, you complete the surveys
SHARED BEGINNINGS WILL CONTACT YOU
You will be contacted via email by our team
regarding next steps. Depending on the needs of our clients and the number of spots available, we may request a phone interview with you.
After the interview, our AP Intake Committee will meet to decide whether we are ready to bring you on as a client. This decision will be communicated to you.
If you are offered a spot on the client list, you will receive intake paperwork such as invoices and access to education portal.
COMPLETE REQUIRED EDUCATION
You and your partner will have access to the best educational resources we have on open adoption and transracial adoption.
PROFILE BOOK/VIDEO AND HOME STUDY
Once you have completed the required education, you will begin the home study process and receive instructions for creating a profile book and video that will be shown to expectant moms.