The Datz Foundation of North Carolina FAQ

  1. Tell us a little about the founding and development of your organization?
    The Datz Foundation of North Carolina (DFNC) was created in 1993 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. Adoption attorneys Kelly Dempsey and Christopher Craig took over DFNC in 2008 and together have over 30 years of experience in handling adoptions.
  2. How are your adoption home study and your organization unique?
    At the Datz Foundation of North Carolina, we pride ourselves on making the often-stressful adoption experience as quick and seamless as possible. We are able to do this through preparation, expert guidance, and an intimate understanding of domestic adoption. The combined experience of the owners and staff helps DFNC stay abreast of current adoption trends and changes in legislation that may impact your adoption proceedings—which allows us to avoid surprises and constantly update our process so it remains beneficial to those we serve.
  3. Why are you passionate about adoption and the home study process?
    Christopher Craig and Kelly Dempsey both have a very personal connection to adoption. Drawing from his own experience as an adopted child, Chris 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. 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 member of the adoption triad.
  4. How long is an adoption home study valid?
    In North Carolina, a home study is valid for 18 months. However, each state has different requirements and an update may be required at 12 months if you choose to adopt from certain states. We are always happy to help you with your updates.
  5. Approximately how much time is necessary to complete an adoption home study by your organization?
    Most home studies are completed within 8-12 weeks, but it can go much faster for families who complete their required paperwork quickly.
  6. Can adoptive parents use a home study completed by your organization to adopt a child born in another state?
    Yes, absolutely.
  7. If you complete my home study, do you also have to complete my post-placement visits?
    No, but we would be delighted to do so!
  8. How many post-placement visits does your organization require?
    North Carolina requires two post-placement visits for adoptions finalized in North Carolina. However, if you are finalizing in another state, additional visits may be required.
  9. What is some advice you can give to potential adoptive families about the home study process? What should they be prepared for?
    If you’re feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed reading through the steps, that’s perfectly normal, and everyone you’re working with throughout the process understands and expects you to experience a little anxiety around the adoption and home study. Just remember that your social worker isn’t going to be examining your house with white gloves expecting a pristine home. As adoption professionals and, often, parents themselves, they know families can sometimes live in chaos—and that it’s okay. While you should absolutely prepare for your home study, your social worker will likely ignore dust bunnies in favor of making sure your space is family-friendly and a great place for a child to grow up happy and healthy.
  10. What do your home study social workers look for in a home and a family when they visit potential adoptive families' homes?
    The goal of the pre-placement assessment is not to prove that you are perfect but instead determine if you and your family have the ability to meet the needs of an adopted child. It covers family background, education and employment, personal relationships, daily life, parenting ability, support systems, readiness for adoption, and even safety of the neighborhood.
  11. Are you Hague accredited, and if not, does your international home study comply with Hague International Standards?
    We are not Hague-accredited, but are happy to be a supervised provider for any Hague-accredited placing agency. We are very familiar with US regulations that govern Hague home studies and can ensure that your home study satisfies the requirements.
  12. Do you have experience in completing the home study and working with international placement companies?
    Yes, we are experienced in working with Hague-accredited placing agencies and can provide home study and post placement services to families adopting internationally.
  13. Are there other services and benefits you would like to share about your company?
    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.

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