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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

The Datz Foundation of North Carolina transitioned ownership to adoption attorneys Kelly Dempsey and Christopher M. Craig, who successfully managed The Datz Foundation for several years.

Kelly and Chris then entrusted Terri McNamara with the agency, knowing she would honor the established philosophy and intention. Terri has been working with families, in many capacities, for over 15 years.

Terri is also an adoptive mom herself and knows firsthand the vast range of emotions that accompany the adoption process. Terri and the team at The Datz Foundation of North Carolina have a combined total of over 20 years of adoption experience. Their knowledge, compassion and understanding bring substantial expertise and ensure thorough, professional, reliable services.

The Datz Foundation of North Carolina offers an integrated, impartial experience. We embrace the opportunity to work with individuals, couples, and families regardless of their marital status, age, religious affiliation, sexual preference or gender.

We are eager and equipped to help you navigate through your adoption journey.


Meet Terri, LCSW, Owner, and Executive Director

Terri McNamara is a licensed clinical social worker who has been dedicated to working with children and families for over 15 years.

Prior to her work in adoption, Terri worked with children, adults and families affected by cancer. Terri also worked with hospice, assisting families who were grieving.

Terri became passionate about adoption when she and her husband Kevin adopted their daughter in 2014.