The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock


“I prayed for this child, and the Lord granted my request.”

(1 Samuel 1:27)

Adoptive parents, birth mothers share the challenges, joy of adoption. 


Research, open mind crucial for interracial adoption

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 4, 2017      

When Michael and Rebecca made the decision to adopt, they were heartbroken to learn parents willing to adopt a child of a different race were few and far between. But making the decision to consider interracial adoption — adopting a child of a different race — requires cultural research, living a life of diversity, making sure a child’s heritage is nurtured and realizing the dynamic of the family is now multi-cultural. It can be challenging and interracial, More... 

The joy, laughter and pain of reuniting with birth parents

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 2, 2017   

Hannah Allen’s life has been filled with love and support. Growing up with five siblings, she stood out with God-given talents — excelling at soccer, playing the saxophone, cheerleading and growing to know the Lord. “She is just an amazing, smart, talented young woman,” said her mother, Kathy Allen, adding “She’s had a compassionate heart for the Lord. She learned to play guitar and leads worship at her church.” Today, Hannah, 26, is engaged to be married More... 

As my son grows, so does relationship with his birth mother

By Tara Little, Published: November 2, 2017   

When the time came for our son’s birth mom to leave the hospital, she had asked to say goodbye before she left. As Laura stood there holding Will, the love she felt for him filled the room. She looked at him as if to memorize every detail of his face, his hands and his feet. As time went on, I felt her pain and grief so strongly that I didn’t know if I could take it. More... 

Mothers speak: adoption ups and downs

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 2, 2017   

There are many misconceptions surrounding adoption. Here, two women speak out about the lessons they learned.   Adoptive mother Mary and her husband live in Central Arkansas. They adopted a daughter through Catholic Adoption Services and are waiting to adopt again. Her name has been changed to protect the family’s privacy. What is the worst comment you’ve heard as an adoptive mother? I think the one that bothered me the most was after we adopted our daughter is “Well, now More... 

What you need to know about adoption

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 2, 2017   

Catholic Adoption Services is a licensed nonprofit agency at the Diocese of Little Rock that centers on semi-open adoption. The level of openness can vary, but the birth mother is able to choose which family is right for her child, after looking through profile books that explain about their lives. If both families are comfortable with it, photos, letters and gifts can be exchanged via Catholic Adoption Services agency until the child is 18, at More...