Your domestic adoption journey begins here.

For more than 100 years, Spence-Chapin has been guiding families through the adoption process with comprehensive services and lifelong support. Spence-Chapin has supported thousands of families adopting domestically and we have the expertise to work with your family.

Our Full-Service Domestic Infant Adoption Program has connected thousands of babies in need of loving, permanent homes to families throughout New York, New Jersey, and Arizona. Our experienced staff will support you step-by-step to grow your family through adoption.

Families interested in applying to Spence-Chapin’s Domestic Adoption Program can attend an upcoming webinar or in-person information night.
Spence-Chapin offers Domestic Adoption Home Study Services for families in New York, New Jersey, and Arizona and provides pre-adoption consultations for prospective adoptive parents throughout the country.

Domestic Infant
Adoption Program

For over a century, Spence-Chapin has been finding loving adoptive parents for children in need of adoption. Spence-Chapin offers our Domestic Infant Adoption Program in New York, New Jersey, and now Arizona. To learn more about our Arizona Domestic Infant Adoption Program roll-out, please visit our Arizona page. The babies in need of adoption reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the birth families we serve in New York, New Jersey, and Arizona. Children in need of adoption often have risks and unknowns in their medical history.

How do I apply?

The first step is to attend an upcoming domestic adoption webinar or an in-person information session. Our staff will share details about domestic adoption at Spence-Chapin – who the children are in need of adoption, the matching process, options counseling and support for biological parents, open adoption, steps in the adoption process, and more. All webinar attendees will receive the adoption application.

Can I apply to adopt without attending the domestic adoption information session? 

Only those who have attended the webinar or in-person information session will receive the adoption application. The webinar provides important information about the program and how it works to help families decide if the program is right for them before moving forward in the process.  

How often does Spence-Chapin offer the domestic adoption information sessions? 

Spence-Chapin strives to help prospective parents grow their families through adoption within a reasonable time frame, and therefore limits the frequency and capacity of our domestic adoption webinars in order to manage the number of applicants entering the program.

How long will I wait to be matched with a child?

Families wait an average of 24-36 months after completing their home study.  

Who can adopt domestically?
  • Adults over the age of 18
  • Single adults, married adult couples, and unmarried adult couples
  • Individuals of all sexual orientations
  • Applicants to Spence-Chapin’s Domestic Adoption Program must live within a 100 mile radius to Spence-Chapin’s headquarter office in Manhattan.

What adoption expenses should I be prepared for?

Families should anticipate a $300 fee to submit the Domestic Adoption Application. The all-inclusive fee for the Domestic Infant Adoption Program is between $46,000 – $51,000 depending on the adoptive family’s state of residence. Join our next Domestic Adoption at Spence-Chapin webinar to learn more or call us today about adoption expenses.

NOTE: The IRS released Revenue Procedure lists the Adoption Tax Credit adjusted numbers for 2023. The maximum amount allowed is set at $15,950 per child in 2023 (it was $14,895 in 2022). The tax credit starts to phase out for families with modified adjusted gross income in excess of $239,230, and is completely phased out for families with modified adjusted gross income of $279,230 or more.

Read our blog on the first steps to starting your adoption journey.

What other information and support is available?

Email our team to receive information about: common medical risks, open adoption, additional resources, who are birth parents, and upcoming events, as well as any questions you may have.

Spence-Chapin provides pre-adoption support for individuals, couples, and families considering adoption.  Our pre-adoption support services include therapy, consultations, educational webinars, events, and more. Visit our events calendar to view upcoming webinars or in-person events.The all-inclusive fee for the Domestic Infant Adoption Program is between $46,000 – $51,000 depending on the adoptive family’s state of residence. 

What are the steps in international adoption?

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Domestic Adoption Home Study

Families pursuing domestic infant adoption often explore two paths: an organization or independent/attorney adoption. Spence-Chapin has provided home studies for hundreds of families adopting independently and we have the expertise to work with you and your adoption attorney. We provide domestic home studies for organization or independent (attorney) adoptions. Spence-Chapin provides home study and support services as you work closely with the attorney to navigate the legal process of adoption.

Spence-Chapin can provide recommendations for reputable adoption attorneys in the NYC area. Overall, Spence-Chapin recommends working with an experienced adoption attorney, preferably a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Read more about domestic home studies with Spence-Chapin on our blog.

Ready to begin the domestic adoption home study process? Submit the free Home Study Application today!

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