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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 law firm serving government agencies and adoptive families in North Carolina. We are board-certified child welfare law experts and highly skilled professionals in social services law, related adoptions, and appeals.

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. Agencies will trust our combined decades of experience. Families will cherish our personalized care and attention. 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.

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Child Welfare Law

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 organizations that promote constructive policy development and legislation. We stay informed about emerging issues and can help you digest and apply them to North Carolina’s social services system.

Adoptions

We understand the unique needs of adoptive families, including foster parents and relatives who are adopting through the NC child welfare system as well as stepparent and adult adoptions. 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.

Appeals

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

Want to know more?

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ATTORNEYS & STAFF

Meet your seasoned legal team

Certified Child Welfare Specialist Attorney Angie Stephenson poses for a photo in a park in Chapel Hill

Angenette (Angie) Stephenson

Attorney, JD, MSW

Angie is a Board Certified Specialist in child welfare law and also focuses on other social services law, adoptions, 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.

Certified Child Welfare Specialist Attorney Angie Stephenson poses for a photo in a park in Chapel Hill

Angenette (Angie) Stephenson

Attorney, JD, MSW

Angie is a Board Certified Specialist in child welfare law and also focuses on other social services law, adoptions, and appeals. Before her current role, 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 children, 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 has presented on child welfare topics across North Carolina and at national conferences. She was also an active member of the Social Services Working Group, a North Carolina body created in 2017 from child welfare reform legislation and has served on both the NC Child Fatality Task Force and the NC Child Fatality Prevention Team.

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

Certified Child Welfare Specialist Attorney Angie Stephenson poses for a photo in a park in Chapel Hill
Child Welfare Law Specialist Deana Fleming smiles for a headshot in the UNC Garden in Chapel Hill.

Deana Fleming

Attorney, JD

Deana is a Board Certified Specialist in child welfare law. She 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.

Child Welfare Law Specialist Deana Fleming smiles for a headshot in the UNC Garden in Chapel Hill.

Deana Fleming

Attorney, JD

Deana is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Welfare Law. She specializes in juvenile law, social services law, adoption, and related appeals. She first became involved with the juvenile court system in law school as a volunteer guardian ad litem and family court intern in Durham. After graduating law school, she entered private practice in family law, but quickly realized her passion was juvenile law. As an assistant public defender in Durham, she represented parents in abuse, neglect, dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings and criminal defendants. She worked thirteen years for the Administrative Office of the Courts, twelve years serving as Associate Counsel for the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program, and one year as Assistant General Counsel focusing primarily on child welfare and juvenile delinquency law.

Deana received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the UNC-Chapel Hill, and her law degree from NCCU School of Law. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Juvenile Justice Children’s Rights Section and serves as legislative chair. She was the first recipient of the section’s annual Children’s Champion Award. She has extensive appellate experience in juvenile cases, including Amicus Curiae, and has argued four 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 to improve the practice of juvenile law, including legislation that raised 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, archery, and watching her sons play outside. 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 adoptive family recruitment/retention. She also oversaw the Adoption Review and Indexing program, Post Adoption Services, and Post Adoption Search programs. 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 who are adopting. Jamie uses her knowledge and experience to facilitate adoptions as efficiently as possible while serving as a strong advocate for adoptive families of all types.

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 who are adopting. Jamie uses her knowledge and experience to facilitate adoptions as efficiently as possible while serving as a strong advocate for adoptive families of all types.

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When it matters most, you need effective counsel

Not only do you need someone with knowledge you can trust, but you also 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.

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Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Stephenson & Fleming, LLP

109 Conner Dr, Suite 208
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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