The logo for Stephenson and Fleming, LLP.  It features a monogram of the letters SF and includes the description "Attorneys and Counselors at Law".
The logo for Stephenson and Fleming, LLP.  It features a monogram of the letters SF and includes the description "Attorneys and Counselors at Law".

WE ARE

Experienced
Effective
Responsive

Stephenson & Fleming is a boutique family law firm serving adoptive families and government agencies in North Carolina. We are highly skilled professionals in social services law, child welfare law, and related adoptions.

Before entering private practice, our attorneys and staff began their careers as social workers and government employees. We use our extensive experience from inside the system to help you navigate through red tape and see prompt results. Families will cherish our personalized care and attention. Agencies will trust our combined decades of experience. Both can rely on our rock solid reputation and efficient delivery of service. Aren’t you ready to have us work for you?

A foster parent holds the hand of a newly adopted child as they walk through a Durham County park.

OUR “WHY”

The heartbeat of our firm is simple: we are advocates for children

We have dedicated our entire careers to this cause. Our primary goal is always to reduce trauma to the involved child and achieve permanency as quickly as possible. We tailor our approach in each case to the needs of the individual child and family.

The staff of the Stephenson & Fleming law firm pose for a photo in front of the Old Well at UNC.

Adoptions

We understand the unique needs of adoptive families, especially foster parents and relatives who are adopting through the NC child welfare system. We provide efficient and timely legal adoption services with a transparent rate structure that is easy to understand. We are passionate about serving all types and compositions of families, including nontraditional families and single parents.

Social Services

We provide direct representation for Orange and Chatham county departments of social services, while providing hourly consultation and contract representation to other counties. We are members of state and national organizations that promote constructive policy development and legislation. We stay informed about emerging issues and offer a blog to help you digest and apply them to North Carolina’s social services system.

Appeals

We focus on adoption law appeals and juvenile appeals under appellate rule 3.1, including extraordinary writs for private parties and social services agencies.

Want to know more?

Download our Adoption FAQ

ATTORNEYS & STAFF

Meet your seasoned legal team

Adoption Law Attorney Angie Stephenson poses for a photo in front of a field of red flowers.

Angenette (Angie) Stephenson

Attorney, JD, MSW

Angie focuses on adoptions, social services law, and appeals. She draws on extensive past experience as a foster care social worker and Assistant Attorney General to help her clients successfully navigate the system. She finds joy in giving each client personal service.

Adoption Law Attorney Angie Stephenson poses for a photo in front of a field of red flowers.

Angenette (Angie) Stephenson

Attorney, JD, MSW

Angie focuses on adoptions, social services law, and appeals. She served as a child welfare attorney for 10 years in the North Carolina Attorney General’s office. Before practicing law, Angie gained several years of experience as a foster care social worker in Mecklenburg County and Wailuku, Hawaii. Her experience working closely with foster parents, adoptive parents, and relatives, along with experience in mediation and adult mental health, allows her to bring an individualized approach to her work with families of every kind.

Angie earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University, and her law degree and MSW from UNC Chapel Hill. She holds licenses in North Carolina and Hawaii and has been admitted to the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Angie has argued twice before the North Carolina Supreme Court and made numerous appearances in the Court of Appeals. She is a past president of the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys. Angie presents on child welfare topics across North Carolina and at national conferences. She is also an active member of the Social Services Working Group, a North Carolina body created in 2017 from child welfare reform legislation.

Angie lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, her son, her Border Collie mix, and her Goldendoodle. She enjoys gardening, amateur photography, and cheering on her son as he plays basketball and golf.

Adoption Law Attorney Angie Stephenson poses for a photo in front of a field of red flowers.
Juvenile Law Attorney Deana Fleming smiles for a headshot in the UNC Garden in Chapel Hill.

Deana Fleming

Attorney, JD

Deana focuses on juvenile law, social services law, adoption, and appeals. She has served both with the Durham County Office of the Public Defender and the Administrative Office of the Courts. She has a passion for juvenile law and working with the families impacted by this area of law.

Juvenile Law Attorney Deana Fleming smiles for a headshot in the UNC Garden in Chapel Hill.

Deana Fleming

Attorney, JD

Deana focuses on juvenile law, social services law, adoption, and appeals. She first became acquainted with the juvenile court system in law school as a volunteer guardian ad litem and family court intern. After graduation, she found a natural passion for practicing juvenile law. As an assistant public defender in Durham, she represented parents in abuse, neglect, dependency, and termination of parental rights proceedings. Deana also served 13 years at the Administrative Office of the Courts working both for the Guardian ad Litem Program and as an Assistant General Counsel.

Deana earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UNC Chapel Hill in 1995, and her law degree from NC Central University in 2001. She is a member of the NC Bar Association Juvenile Justice Children’s Rights Section where she serves as legislative chair. There she recently received the first annual Children’s Champion Award. She has extensive appellate experience in juvenile cases, including Amicus Curiae, and has argued three times at the North Carolina Supreme Court. She has presented at numerous legal education conferences on child welfare issues. She has been involved in several legislative drafting committees working to improve the law, including legislation that raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to age eighteen.

Deana lives in Durham with her husband and two sons. She enjoys yoga, hiking with her dog, and watching her sons play outdoors. She hopes to have the opportunity to travel more with her family.

Adoptions Veteran Jamie Bazemore smiles in a headshot taken at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jamie Bazemore

Adoption Facilitator

Jamie provides clients with unparalleled expertise into NC’s child welfare and adoption systems.

Adoptions Expert Jamie Bazemore smiles in a headshot taken at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jamie Bazemore

Adoption Facilitator

Jamie has spent her entire career dedicated to the field of child welfare in North Carolina, with a heart for families involved in adoption and foster care. Before her current role, Jamie served as the Program Manager for Adoption Services for the NC Division of Social Services. This work involved managing multiple programs within the spectrum of adoption services, ranging from adoption law and policy, to child welfare, adoptive family recruitment/retention, and programs such as Adoption Promotion and the NC Kids Adoption Exchange. She also oversaw the Adoption Review and Indexing program, Post Adoption Services, Post Adoption Search programs, and was involved in the development of elements of NC FAST child welfare functionality. Prior to working for the state, Jamie served as both an Adoption Social Worker and the Placement Supervisor for Chatham County DSS. There she supervised all foster and adoptive home recruitment, licensing, training programs, and adoption programs. Jamie’s far-reaching experience provides her with unparalleled knowledge into the legal requirements of adoption, how to navigate the various governmental agencies involved in adoptions, and special insight into the needs of families adopting from the NC child welfare system.

Jamie received her BSW from Appalachian State University in 2005 and her MSW from UNC Chapel Hill in 2006. She is a lifelong resident of Raleigh where she now lives with her wife, Tiffany, and their two sons. Jamie has a large herb and vegetable garden that is both a passion and a pain, loves to cook on a daily basis, and has been an avid fiction reader her whole life.

Certified Paralegal Jennifer Ray takes a photo on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jennifer Ray

Certified Paralegal

Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience to serve our clients with efficiency and care.

Certified Paralegal Jennifer Ray takes a photo on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jennifer Ray

Certified Paralegal

Jennifer has been a Certified Paralegal for over 20 years. Although her experience spans multiple areas of law, she has concentrated on child and family law for the past sixteen years. Jennifer assists with drafting petitions and orders for the Department of Social Services for both Orange and Chatham Counties when it is necessary to intervene on behalf of juveniles and their safety. Jennifer graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1990 and received her certificate of paralegal studies from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies shortly thereafter. She enjoys traveling and watching her two boys play sports.

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Carol Holcomb

Of Counsel, JD, MSW

Carol’s distinguished career laid the foundation for our practice, and she now brings that legacy to bear in her role as Of Counsel.

Letters C and H form a monogram to represent Carol Holcomb, who is a well known family law attorney in Raleigh Durham.

Carol Holcomb

Of Counsel, JD, MSW

Carol’s distinguished career laid the foundation for our practice, and she now brings that legacy to bear in her role as Of Counsel. After Graduating from UNC Law School in 1988, she entered private practice and quickly made partner. She took on additional responsibilities as the contracted attorney for Orange County DSS in 1991 and for Chatham County DSS in 2007.

While representing these agencies, Carol maintained her own successful practice. In 2013, she partnered with Samantha Cabe to form Holcomb & Cabe, LLP. Later, upon Ms. Cabe’s election to District Court judge, Carol recruited Angie Stephenson to form Holcomb & Stephenson, LLP with a plan for Angie to eventually assume the practice. This came to fruition when Carol retired in June 2018 and the firm changed its name to Stephenson & Fleming, LLP.

Before entering law school, Carol earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Jacksonville State University in 1970, and an MSW from UNC in 1980. Throughout her life she has been an advocate for positive social change, addressing issues such as equality and empowering women personally and professionally. Carol most enjoys family, reading, travel, and time with friends. Her dog Rusty also consumes much of her time and affection. On his days off from working as a therapy dog, Rusty enjoys coming to the law office with Carol where he gets the star treatment complete with treats, toys, and his own space.

Letters C and H form a monogram to represent Carol Holcomb, who is a well known family law attorney in Raleigh Durham.

Carol Holcomb

Of Counsel, JD, MSW

Carol’s distinguished career laid the foundation for our practice, and she now brings that legacy to bear in her role as Of Counsel.

Letters C and H form a monogram to represent Carol Holcomb, who is a well known family law attorney in Raleigh Durham.

Carol Holcomb

Of Counsel, JD, MSW

Carol’s distinguished career laid the foundation for our practice, and she now brings that legacy to bear in her role as Of Counsel. After Graduating from UNC Law School in 1988, she entered private practice and quickly made partner. She took on additional responsibilities as the contracted attorney for Orange County DSS in 1991 and for Chatham County DSS in 2007.

While representing these agencies, Carol maintained her own successful practice. In 2013, she partnered with Samantha Cabe to form Holcomb & Cabe, LLP. Later, upon Ms. Cabe’s election to District Court judge, Carol recruited Angie Stephenson to form Holcomb & Stephenson, LLP with a plan for Angie to eventually assume the practice. This came to fruition when Carol retired in June 2018 and the firm changed its name to Stephenson & Fleming, LLP.

Before entering law school, Carol earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Jacksonville State University in 1970, and an MSW from UNC in 1980. Throughout her life she has been an advocate for positive social change, addressing issues such as equality and empowering women personally and professionally. Carol most enjoys family, reading, travel, and time with friends. Her dog Rusty also consumes much of her time and affection. On his days off from working as a therapy dog, Rusty enjoys coming to the law office with Carol where he gets the star treatment complete with treats, toys, and his own space.

Two strong female attorneys stand together for a photo near the Orange County, NC courthouse.

LEGAL BLOG

Your prime resource for navigating adoptions and social services law in North Carolina

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When it matters most, you need effective counsel

Not only do you need someone with knowledge you can trust, you need them to be effective at getting results. We know that picking the right team to represent you can make all the difference. We also know that you probably have questions. We’re here to help. Contact us today to find answers and get the right team behind you.

Use the contact form on this page, or reach us by:

 

Our business hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

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109 Conner Dr, Suite 208
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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We are located at the back of Professional Village, in Wilshire Building III on the second floor. To respect client privacy, office visits are by appointment only.

Stephenson & Fleming, LLP

109 Conner Dr, Suite 208
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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