I have the privilege of serving as chairman of the board of directors for an organization called Shared Beginnings. Shared Beginnings is a not-for profit organization designed to aid biological parents in Arkansas who are facing the difficult decision of placing their child up for adoption, especially when the adoption is taking place through an attorney that represents the adoptive parents. In these situations, the biological parents are at a distinct disadvantage, especially those from a vulnerable community.
Attorneys should not be representing both the adoptive and biological parents, but in practice many attorneys recruit biological parents while representing adoptive parents. This carries at least the appearance of a conflict of interest. Shared Beginnings provides legal counsel to biological parents in these cases to level the playing field.
Shared Beginnings also works to ensure that biological parents, especially mothers, are supported through and after the process of adoption. Our staff makes sure that mothers make it to prenatal doctor's appointments and provides them with other medical aid. They make sure that biological parents are making an informed decision, not only by ensuring that they have separate legal counsel to explain the adoption process and result, but also by educating them on the services available to them if they choose to raise their own child.
Josh Bryant is an ever aspiring philanthropist. He serves on several non-profit boards and is learning the ins and outs of private foundations and other giving schemes. His passions include Christian missions, foster children, orphans, pediatric disorder research, musical arts, and the Marshallese people.