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Datz serves and honors families of all types: we are non-sectarian, egalitarian, and do not discriminate on the basis of marital status, age, religion, gender, or sexual preference. Our clients have ranged from persons of religious orthodoxy to persons with non-theistic belief systems. Following are our primary services:

Adoption Home Studies

Let Datz’ friendly team guide you through the home study process and efficiently complete it for you.

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Post-Placement Assessments & Reports

Assessments are required both before and after adoption. We know the ropes and can help you ace them.

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Making the process work for your family

Process is essential to a successful adoption, particularly if you have a more complex family situation or personal history.

We help ensure that the court has all it needs from a certified, trusted, third-party—and that placing parents receive an honest and favorable assessment of suitability. Trust Datz to balance the legal, emotional and financial aspects of your adoption.

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Our Team

Our attorneys are among the most experienced AAAA adoption lawyers in the nation and are well-versed in both domestic and international adoption law. They both also have personal life experience with adoption.


Kelly Tillotson Dempsey

Kelly is internationally recognized for her commitment to vulnerable children and her work in improving child welfare law. She has helped hundreds of people around the world with their immigration and adoption needs. She is mother to four children, two of whom were adopted.


Christopher M. Craig

Chris has been in practice since 2001 and has helped North Carolina families complete over 1,000 successful adoptions over the years. Chris is himself an adoptee and parent, and has three adopted brothers as well.

Datz of NC brings families together. Contact us to get started.