Social Worker Staff

Jeanne C. Binder, LCSW

has worked for the Datz Foundation since 2006 where she focuses on domestic and international adoption. In the past, she has worked in the areas of foster care and child protective services. Jeanne lives in Arlington, Virginia with her family. 

 

Helene Casper LCSW-C, LISW

has worked in the field of adoption since 1993, focusing on both domestic and international adoption. Helene began working with the Datz Foundation in 2007 and she has presented at national and local workshops on various adoption issues. Helene works with families in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.

 

Vivian Datoff, LCSW

is co-founder and Director of the Datz Foundation.  

 

Carmela DePasquale, MSW

has been working with the Datz Foundation since 2003. She conducts home studies in the Richmond, Virginia area and neighboring cities and counties. She grew up with four brothers and parented six children, more commonly known as the Brady Bunch. 

 

April Harrah, MS

has worked for the Datz Foundation since 2010. She conducts home studies in the Roanoke, Virginia area, including Martinsville, Christiansburg, Lynchburg, Lexington, Staunton, and surrounding areas. She is married and has two children.   

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Maureen Kenny, MSW

has focused on domestic and international adoption since 1981. She is licensed and works with clients in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. For many years she was the sponsoring social worker for single parent support group. In this capacity, she presented at several national conferences and many local workshops on adoption issues. Maureen lives in Catonsville, Maryland with her adult daughter’s three cats.

 

Janet Koester, LCSW-C

has worked for the Datz Foundation since the early 1990s and in the adoption field for almost three decades. She works with clients primarily in Maryland, including  Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery counties. Janet has counseled birth parents, administered a program to provide necessary resources for birth parents, run seminars on adoption issues for adoptive parents, and advocated for over a thousand couples and single parents who have desired to adopt. She has experience in both domestic and international adoption. She has taught courses on transracial adoption and in the specific issues inherent in international adoption. As an adoptive parent of one girl and two boys, and survivor of three home studies from three different agencies, Janet brings personal empathy to the home study process as well as professional experience. 

 

Charles Laslie MSW, LCSW, LISW  

is a Graduate of Radford University, 1980, BS in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Minor in Psychology. Graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989.  β€‹He has have worked in group homes with adolescents, Day Treatment Programs, and Outpatient Mental Heath through the local Community Mental Health Agency, also known as the CSB.  Charles also worked as a Managed Care Case Coordinator for five years, and worked in an outpatient private practice for several years.  He has been working in the private sector at 2 different therapeutic foster care agencies for the past 16 years, while working for Datz for nearly that long (ck hire date). I have been working with children in families in one capacity or another since 1980. He is married with two children.

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Diane Neighbarger, LCSW

has worked for the Datz Foundation since 2008 as a birth parent counselor. She also conducts domestic home studies and international home studies for China, Russia, and Ukraine. She has completed the Marine Corps Marathon.

 

Debra Smith, LCSW

has worked with the Datz Foundation since 1998. She conducts home studies throughout northern Virginia, concentrating in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Debra has spent her career working for both public and private adoption and foster care agencies, with children and families from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, including six years as the Director of the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse. She has written many articles on adoption and made numerous presentations at adoption conferences. She and her husband are the adoptive parents of a boy and girl, both adopted as infants. Debra performs as Dootsiedum the Clown for children’s parties and community events. 

 

Kim Tenhor, LICSW, LCSW

has worked for the Datz Foundation since 2004 conducting home studies in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, specifically Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun Counties.  For eleven years, she worked as an adoption social worker for the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency and specialized in inter-racial adoptions.  Before entering the social work field, she worked in the U.S. Senate. She lives in Vienna, VA with her husband, Kevin, and son, Graham.


 

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