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About the Datz Foundation of North Carolina

The Datz Foundation was created by attorney Mark Eckman and his spouse Vivian Datoff in 1987 as a full-service adoption agency—and it has placed over 3,000 children with families all over the world in that time. Founded with the goal of offering adoptive parents a full range of services throughout the entire adoption process, Datz provides access to experts from a variety of backgrounds to streamline growing your family.

Mark and Vivian expanded the Datz Foundation to North Carolina in 1993 as a separate entity, and it has become the leading adoption agency for pre-placement assessments and domestic adoptions.

Providing North Carolina families with expert guidance for over two decades

Mark and Vivian entrusted adoption attorneys Kelly Dempsey and Christopher M. Craig with their project, knowing they would honor their original philosophy and intention. Owners Kelly Dempsey and Christopher M. Craig have over 30 years of combined adoption experience, backgrounds as adoption attorneys and are both fellows of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA)—and they bring an intelligent, hand-tailored process and fully synthesized solutions to their client families. Academy Fellows must be licensed for at least five years and have acted as lead counsel in at least 50 adoption proceedings, including 10 interstate (ICPC) placements in the two years prior to being invited to join the Academy. They must maintain their practice according to the highest standards of ethics, competence and professionalism.

With Kelly’s litigation experience, Chris’s background in conflict resolution, and their combined working knowledge of complex adoption-related issues, they are able to focus their work on anticipating and resolving any issues that may arise to maximize success in the adoption process.

The Datz Foundation of North Carolina is non-sectarian and egalitarian. Our clients have ranged from persons of religious orthodoxy to persons with non-theistic belief systems. We do not discriminate on the basis of marital status, age, gender, or sexual preference.​


Meet Kelly Dempsey

Kelly Dempsey is internationally recognized for her commitment to vulnerable children and her work in improving child welfare law. As a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, she has helped hundreds of people around the world with their domestic and international adoption needs.

As a mother to four children, two of whom were adopted, Kelly knows first-hand how challenging and overwhelming the adoption process can be—and she has used her experience to help facilitate positive change to domestic and international adoption laws. Her compassion, depth of knowledge, and experience all make her an asset to any family hoping to grow.


Meet Chris Craig

Adoption attorney Chris Craig has a comprehensive background in family law, both as an attorney and certified mediator of complex situations. He has regularly represented both birth parents and adoptive parents throughout the adoption process, which has provided him with an understanding of the emotional stake of all parties involved.

Chris also brings to the table the unique perspective of an adoptee. Drawing from his own experience as an adopted child, he is sensitive and empathetic to the complex issues around giving up or acquiring parental responsibility. He is knowledgeable of the legal, emotional, and financial balancing act that occurs during the adoption process, enabling him to provide informed support and guidance.