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Nathanson Adoption Services
HeleneHelene M. Nathanson, MHDL, is the Executive Director and founder of Nathanson Adoption Services. Prior to forming these agencies, Helene provided adoption counseling, home study and post-placement services as a social worker for several North Carolina adoption agencies. She has taught seminars on adoptive parent preparation and education on behalf of various adoption agencies and adoptive parent support groups. She is a frequent presenter throughout North Carolina on adoption topics concerning both international and domestic adoption, and has appeared many times on television and radio programs.

Helene co-authored "Adoption Q and A" which appeared in the February 2001 issue of Baltimore's Child, "Adopting" which appeard in the Research Triangle's Carolina Parent magazine, "Local Adoption Options", an article in the November 2000 issue of Charlotte Parent magazine, and "Adoption: What You Should Know" which was published in Wilmington, NC's Wilmington Parent magazine in November 2003. She teaches "The ABC's of Adoption" for Central Piedmont Community College.

Helene holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Northeastern University and a Master's Degree in Human Development and Learning (Agency Counseling) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As the mother of two, she is a deeply committed advocate for children. In 1995, Helene was appointed by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Mecklenburg County Youth Services Advisory Board. She has also served as a District Court Custody and Visitation Mediator in Mecklenburg County. Having been admitted to Mensa while in college, Helene brings intelligence, compassion and dedication to her work with adoptive families.

"Helene was there for us literally from day one of our adoption journey. Our home study was a breeze, she sheparded us through INS smoothly, and she even introduced us to local families who had completed similar adoptions. We feel very fortunate to have worked with Nathanson Adoption Services."
- Greg and Ginger, Charlotte, NC

"Helene, I am not that spiritual of a person, but I really believe that God led me to you. I am sure that had I not found you, I would not have this child today."
- Dr. Shelly West, Wilmington, NC

"During our home study, Helene gave us some advice that has made us forever grateful to her. She talked to us at length about forming an attachment to our son, and recommended that for as long as possible, we should be the only ones to feed him, change his diapers, and rock him to sleep. That advice was priceless. Not only did it work, but I truly believe that is why our son has bonded so well with us."
- Gina and Paul, Waxhaw, NC

"Thank you for your kind words. We have nothing but praise for Nathanson Adoption. We wish you did the whole adoption process."
- The Andersons, Raleigh, NC
"Thank you for making us feel comfortable and relaxed."
- Anson and Nell

"Thanks so much for all your help and for making this homestudy so much easier. You are the very best and we have been so pleased with everything from the start. We are so impressed."
- Michael and Vicki, Morganton, NC
"Having gone through a home study herself, our social worker understands that this is one of the scariest things we face in adoption. She has a wonderful way of making people feel so comfortable."
- Keli and Tim, Lexington, NC

"We thoroughly enjoyed our time with our social worker. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but we were pleasantly surprised by how accessible and friendly she was! Bob and I felt comfortable talking to her about everything, and she always responded with a perfect combination of professionalism and understanding. Thank you for sending her our way!"
- Elizabeth and Bob, Charlotte, NC
"We really enjoyed getting to know our social worker"
- Jason and Shannon, Rutherfordton, NC
"Our social worker was wonderful to work with. She proved to be a great resource to us since she has been through the process herself. She gave us great ideas on ways to incorporate our child's heritage and culture into our life. Our social worker changed our perception of the homestudy process from a nervous, dreaded process to a fun and useful resource!"
- Robert and Susan, Apex, NC
"We are so glad we went with your services for our homestudy. We had originally checked with another agency but I emailed you & your response was so enthusiastic that I just felt lead to go with you. Our social worker made our homestudy experience so meaningful. We will be sad/excited when our homestudy is complete but we hope to continue our relationship with her after the adoption. Her experience as an adoptive parent has been very helpful. My husband is usually shy with strangers but he has been comfortable with our social worker since the beginning. I thought the home visit would be the most nerve racking part of the process but we are looking forward to our social worker's visit. Thanks for being a part of our exciting adoption journey!"
- Cathy and Tom, Outer Banks, NC
"Our social worker was the perfect person for the job. The process went flawlessly under her guidance. She is really an asset to your organization."
- Megan and Curtis, Asheville, NC
"Being a shy person it was difficult for me to divulge the personal details of our life to a person we had just met. But our social worker was always sensitive to that, reassured us and was a pleasure to have visit our home and family."
- Renee and Greg, Asheville, NC
"Our social worker has done a great job for us. She is very warm and kind, and has a great sense of humor. We really do appriciate it."

"I went to my daughter's pediatrician and told her we're planning on adopting. As an adoptive mother herself, the pediatrician was very supportive and enthusiastic. She said 'You've GOT to use Nathanson Adoption, they're terrific'."
- Christy, Greensboro, NC
"Our social worker was great - easy to talk to, accommodating, and considerate."
- Sharon, Jamestown, NC
"We had our last visit with our social worker today. She was a joy to work with!"
- Jan and Daniel, Chapel Hill, NC
"Our social worker is so wonderful and easy to talk to"
- Sharon, Raleigh, NC
"We want to thank you for having an understanding and caring person such as our social worker to help us with our homestudy. She was so willing to share her personal experiences and work with us on our schedule. She made a very stressful situation very enjoyable."
- Michael and Kelly, Apex NC
Parisa Couzzi - Office Administrator
When you call our office, chances are the friendly voice you hear will be that of Parisa Couzzi, our Office Administrator. Parisa has fourteen years' experience providing administrative support to senior level executives in the construction, service, and retail industries. In June 2006 Parisa felt compelled to change her focus and responded to an advertisement to work for Nathanson Adoption Services. "As the parent of a child adopted domestically at birth I felt that this is where I should be. Every position I have had until now was just a job - now I feel fulfilled at the end of the day knowing that we are enabling others to experience the same joy I feel when I look at my daughter each day."

Parisa is extremely well organized, warm, and knowledgeable. Feel free to call her with any homestudy questions - she loves helping our adoptive families!

Julie, Chapel Hill
Sincere thanks, it is a pleasure working with you and your agency.
Sara and Bill
It doesn't seem so long ago that I first called and talked to you. I'm so glad I did, because you convinced me that we could adopt a newborn baby boy in just a few months - and we did! Your knowledge of different agencies throughout the country, along with your excellent staff were invaluable to us. Thank you for playing such an important role in bringing Nicholas to us.

- Tiffany, Cassie, and Nicholas,
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