Director, Staff & Adoption Counselors

Director, Staff & Adoption Counselors


E. Parker Herring


Parker is a board certified family law specialist and Raleigh native who has practiced in Wake County for 23 years. She is a 1975 graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill and a 1985 graduate of the Wake Forest School of Law. Parker and her husband Steve have three children — two of whom are adopted and one who was born with the help of advanced fertility treatments. She is founder and the managing member of the law firm of Parker Herring Law Group, PLLC.

Adoption Counselors

We have trained and compassionate adoption counselors located throughout the state of North Carolina to meet and counsel our birth parents and adoptive couples to facilitate the adoption process before and after placement.

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Kelly Dunbar

Adoption Counselor/Homestudy Supervisor

Kelly is a graduate of NC State University where she earned a Bachelors in Social Work. She also received her Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Kelly has been working with children, families, in the home and in communities for 18 years. Kelly has been working with birth mothers and adoptive parents for the last 5 years.  Besides working, she has a great husband and three fabulous children, Landon, Parker and Ansley. Kelly and her husband adopted their daughter with the help of ACH and feels as though her personal experience helps her relate to other adoptive families.

Lakisha Brown

Lakisha Brown

Adoption Counselor

Lakisha completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare at Winston-Salem State University. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Syracuse University. Lakisha has worked with children, individuals and families for more than 12 years. Her experience includes working with at-risk youth, homeless children and families, child mental health, as well as school social work and case management. She is also a long-time basketball fan, former player and coach. She played at Winston-Salem State University and coached women’s basketball at Elon University and Syracuse University. Lakisha and her husband reside in Alamance County, with their young son.

Gloria Curry

Adoption Counselor

Gloria Curry received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from St. Leo College. She earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Florida in Family, Youth and Community Science.  Gloria has worked with children and families as an educator, mental health counselor and social worker. Gloria facilitated adoptions and foster care placements. She observed the remarkable courage, compassion and commitment of birth families who strive to ensure their child has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Gloria witnessed the dedication adoptive families have in providing care for the child. Gloria lives in Henderson County. She is an avid gardener, reader and loves to explore the mountains of western North Carolina.

Katherine Fitzsimmons

Adoption Counselor

Katherine completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at St. Bonaventure University and continued on to earn her Master’s in Social Work degree from Binghamton University. Her passion is working with and advocating for women, youth, and children. She has worked for more than 10 years facilitating kinship, international, and domestic adoptions; eight of those years were working for the Independent Adoption Center here in Raleigh. Katherine also has a background in crisis management in a hospital setting. When she is not working, she can be found volunteering at her son’s school, exploring the Raleigh-Durham area, or baking yummy sweets!!

Rachelle Garren

Adoption Counselor

My name is Rachelle. I am originally from Pennsylvania but moved to North Carolina 6 years ago. I have a two-year-old son, 2 dogs, and a cat! I got my undergraduate degree in psychology at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. I earned my Masters degree in Social work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I have worked with children in a preschool setting for three years and worked with children and families for the last year as a therapist. Most of my experience is with children and adults who experienced trauma or substance use problems. I am very excited to be working with the adoption agency!

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Sloane Mosley

Adoption Counselor

Sloane completed her undergraduate degree in Human Services Counseling at Old Dominion University and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Sloane has been working with children, birth mothers and adopting families for more than 10 years. She loves advocating for children and helping women during pregnancy.

Melanie Spainhour

Adoption Counselor – Bi-lingual

Melanie is excited to be working with A Child’s Hope in the Raleigh area.  She received her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) and her Bachelor of Social Work degree from NC State University (GO PACK!).  Melanie has worked with children and families, school systems and local communities, primarily focusing on the Latino community.  She loves spending time with her husband, three daughters and taking trips to the beach!

Sylvia Senbel

Adoption Counselor

Sylvia is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She also received her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina. Sylvia has been working with children and famalies for more than 19 years. She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and three boys. She also loves animals, especially her dog Jazzy.

Birthmother Hotline: (877) 890-4673

Envia Un Texto: (919) 218-6270

Text: Pregnant to (919) 971-4396