About Spence-Chapin

Spence-Chapin is an accredited nonprofit organization that has been offering quality adoption services for more than 100 years. Our mission is to find adoptive homes for children in need here and in countries around the world.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is driven by the simple belief that every child deserves a family.

Mission Statement:
The mission of Spence-Chapin is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances and provide counseling and support for all children and the families to whom they have been born or entrusted.

Vision Statement:
A world where adoption is a celebrated choice, every child belongs, and all families are embraced.

Core Values:


To put our impact into numbers, in 2020, we had:

1377 counseling and coaching sessions provided to members of the triad

108 South African orphans benefited from the Granny Program

457 Days of Interim Care provided to newborns

866 inquiries answered for adoption records and information

25 children connected to permanent families

118 Birth Parents received options counseling


Domestic Adoption

Find loving parents for children in need of adoption, and guide parents through every step of the adoption process.

International Adoption

Our Hague-Accredited program connects children from South Africa, Colombia, and Bulgaria to their forever families.

Special Needs Adoption

Placing children with severe medical challenges with loving adoptive families who are able to care for their ongoing needs.

Granny Program

Pairing children living in long-term facilities with a caregiver who provides them with consistent, one-on-one care and attention.

Pre & Post- Adoption Services

Support through coaching, counseling, and community programming starting from the beginning of the adoption journey and continuing for a lifetime.

Spence-Chapin promotes equal opportunity for all clients by complying with local, state and federal laws and regulations. We do not exclude, deny applicants, or otherwise discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military device obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Our policies and practices are intended to ensure that all clients are treated equally.


Spence-Chapin’s roots can be traced to the early 1900s and the pioneering work of Clara Spence, and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin, who independently established nurseries out of concern for homeless infants abandoned in hospitals and shelters. The Spence and Chapin nurseries each broke new ground in developing social work techniques for adoption and, after the merger, continued to pioneer in the adoption field.

Today, Spence-Chapin is proud of our role as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption, and of our commitment to the well being of all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children. 

Interview with Granddaughter of founder, Clara Spence

A Century of Service