434 Fayetteville St.
Suite 2135
Raleigh, NC 27601

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E. Parker Herring

E. Parker Herring is the founding member of the Parker Herring Law Group, PLLC and has practiced family law in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1986. She is the founder and current director of the North Carolina-based adoption agency, A Child’s Hope, LLC, which has placed over 300 children in North Carolina since 2000.

Herring graduated from Sanderson High School (Class of 1971) and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Class of 1975) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. She worked as a medical writer at Duke University Medical Center (1977-1981) before returning to school to obtain her juris doctorate. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law (Class of 1985) and while attending law school, she excelled in oral and written advocacy, winning the J. Braxton Competition, winning the title of best oralist in the Edwin A. Stanley Memorial Moot Court Competition for brief writing, and the brief she co-authored as a part of Wake Forest Law’s National Moot Court Team in the National Trial Competition received Best Brief in the Regional Awards. While in law school, she served as President of Wake Forest Women in Law, a member of the Moot Court Board, and was elected to the National Order of the Barristers.

Herring clerked at the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 1986 for the Honorable Eugene H. Phillips. She worked for ten years with the law firm of Johnson, Mercer, Hearn and Vinegar and in 1999 left to establish her own law firm. She co-founded the adoption agency A Child’s Hope, LLC in 2000 with a law partner and has been the sole director of the agency since 2013. The agency focuses on matching North Carolina children with North Carolina families, and placed its 350th child in February of 2018.

Herring lives in Raleigh with her two adopted sons and biological daughter who was born with the help of assisted reproduction techniques. Her own experiences building a family have encouraged her to pursue adoption in her legal career and she is well regarded in the state as a compassionate and aggressive adoption attorney. She frequently speaks at continuing legal education seminars on adoption law. Herring is also a board-certified specialist in family law. She also took her experience with advanced infertility treatment and is now regarded as a well-respected assisted reproduction law attorney, regularly representing prospective parents in drafting and negotiating gestational carrier/surrogacy agreements and representing gestational carriers and surrogates in negotiating gestational carrier/surrogacy agreements. Herring also has a close working relationship with many North Carolina-based fertility clinics.

Herring is also active in her community, having served on numerous Wake County-based boards and committees such as having served as chairman of Health Mothers Healthy Babies, president of the Wake County Family Lawyers Association, member of the Board of Wake Mediation, president of the Women’s Center of Wake County, founder and board member of Hopeful Parents, and member of the Board of Trustees for Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church. She also co-founded the community Wake County TSA swim team, “The Mudpuppies”, based at the Meredith Townes Swim Club.

Email Parker at pherring@weputfamiliesfirst.com

Posts by E. Parker Herring

  • Why Adult Adoption - Parker Herring was recently interviewed for an article on adult adoption by HowStuffWorks.com. Click here to read a few of the excerpts from  "Why Adults Adopt Each Other." Read More
  • My Journey to Pregnancy, Giving Birth at Age 50 - Some people don’t believe me when I tell them that my daughter was a five-year-old frozen embryo and that I was 50 when I delivered her. Here is my story. Fifteen years ago, I was faced with a tough decision. What to do with two remaining frozen embryos left over from past fertility treatments. I… Read More
  • D-I-V-O-R-C-E - No one says that divorce is easy, but lawyers and courts can make it a lot more stressful and expensive than it has to be. If you want to separate all of your marital assets and settle your custody and support issues in a way that is a fraction of the cost and the time,… Read More
  • How to Survive an Interstate Adoption - Adopting a child from another state requires strict adherence to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) guidelines. The stress and added expense of adopting from another state can be overwhelming. Nevertheless, there are ways you can plan ahead so that an interstate adoption is less stressful and less expensive. One of the… Read More
  • birth certificate adoption name mother process Birth Certificates and Adoption — It’s About Family - You have done a lot of work to be recognized as your child’s “legal parents”  — a homestudy, post placement visits, matching with a birthmother, placement and then filing an adoption petition etc. The last step before you can apply for a social security card for your child is to obtain a birth certificate with… Read More
  • divorce custody tender years doctrine raleigh Divorce, Custody, and the “Tender Years” Doctrine — It’s About Family - One of the first questions that parents ask when starting the breakup of a marriage is “What will happen to the children?” It used to be that mothers received primary physical custody of children, especially with younger kids, and the fathers received alternate weekends from Friday nights through Sunday night. The “tender years doctrine” (that the mother… Read More
  • taxes-tax-form-marriage-divorce-raleigh Taxes Associated with Divorce — It’s About Family - Separation and divorce have “hidden” tax issues that can be traps for couples. Below are a few “traps” to avoid and some general information regarding the tax consequences associated with separation and divorce. Filing Taxes When You are Separated: The IRS allows couples to file jointly as if they were still living together as long… Read More
  • surrogacy adoption twins family law raleigh Surrogacy Adoption and Twins — It’s About Family - It’s always a very special holiday season for any family when there is a newborn in the house. But when there are two newborns as twins, and the twins were carried by a surrogate who is their aunt, well as you might expect there is even more magic and excitement in the air. When 34-year-old… Read More