I’m thrilled to announce that Kathryn Joyce, the author of “The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption,” is joining the Arkansas Times investigation into Arkansas’s child welfare system.

We’re able to pay her thanks to the generous support of readers who pledged to our “Beyond rehoming” crowdfunding campaign. We’re just a few thousand short of our final stretch goal. If you haven’t contributed and you care about the topic, consider donating!


Our initial investigation into rehoming and Rep. Justin Harris inspired broader questions about the state’s child welfare system. We’ve heard from dozens upon dozens of sources who have stories to share. Kathryn will help our small staff move the investigative project into its next phase. She’ll start in late April.

She brings a wealth of experience. From her website:


Her freelance writing has appeared in The New York Times, The American Prospect, Slate, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Pacific Standard, The Nation, Salon, Newsweek, Ms., Religion Dispatches, The Daily Beast, The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Massachusetts Review, Conscience and other publications.

A 2011 Knight-Luce Fellow in Global Religion Reporting, she has also been awarded residencies and fellowship support by the Nation Institute Investigative Fund, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bellagio Center. She is a 2013 finalist for the Livingston Award, and recipient of the 2013 “Wilbur Award” for best magazine writing about religion and a 2010 “Maggie Award” for reproductive rights reporting.

“Hana’s Story,” her powerful and disturbing account for Slate.com of the intersection between extreme fundamentalist Christianity and adoption, demonstrates how well suited she is for this project. 

She’s also the author of “Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement,” so she knows a little about certain extreme circles of Northwest Arkansas Christians