Home Study Services

Welcome to the first step to your adoption journey! Spence-Chapin offers home study services for families pursuing domestic, international, or relative adoption. The home study assessment is a required and essential part of every adoption journey, and with over 110 years of experience providing adoption services, your team at Spence-Chapin will guide you through every step of this evaluative and preparative process.

Beyond the home study assessment, Spence-Chapin provides connection and resources through community events, trainings, support groups, and therapeutic services for your family’s lifelong journey.

Have questions? Contact us at info@spence-chapin.org or 212-400-8150 to learn more and to start your adoption journey today.

We look forward to getting to know your family!

What Home Study Services Does Spence-Chapin Offer?

Spence-Chapin offers a range of adoption-related services for families in New York, New Jersey, and now Arizona. We provide domestic and international home study assessments which include personalized, one-on-one support with required home study documentation, clearances and training. Beyond our home study services, we offer clinical consultations, coordination with legal and placement agencies, and access to adoption finance coaching.

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I reside in NY/NJ and am applying to adopt from the United States

If you’re looking to adopt domestically, whether you are working with an adoption attorney or another adoption agency, Spence-Chapin is able to provide comprehensive domestic home study services that meet all state and federal requirements. As a client of Spence-Chapin, you will also have access to ongoing training, webinars, and a wealth of resources to support your family’s growth and wellbeing.

To start the process, please select the home study application that pertains to you:

I reside in NY/NJ and am applying to adopt from another country.

If you’re looking to complete an international adoption and need a home study, Spence-Chapin has got you covered. We offer home study assessments for all countries offering intercountry adoption which includes coordination with your primary agency to ensure that all state, USCIS, and country requirements are met. As a client of Spence-Chapin, you will also have access to free international adoption trainings, a wealth of resources to support you and your child as well as post-placement and post-adoption support and supervision services. To start the process, please select the home study application that pertains to you:

I reside in NY/NJ and am applying to adopt a child/ren I know from another country

Spence-Chapin offers kinship and relative international adoption home study services to support families looking to adopt a relative or children known to them. We bring a special understanding of the adjustment needs of families adopting relative children and work with you to ensure that state, USCIS and country requirements, inclusive of post-placement or post-adoption supervision are met. Additionally, for families within 100 miles of NYC who are seeking to adopt a relative child, or a child known to them from Jamaica or the Eastern Caribbean, Spence-Chapin offers a full-service adoption program and can serve families as both the home study agency and primary provider. To start the process, please select the home study application that pertains to you:

What are the steps to a home study?

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Fees

Spence-Chapin’s home study fees reflect the work and support we dedicate to your family. To reduce barriers to adoption, fees are not incurred all at once but are charged incrementally as services are rendered. To assist you in planning, click the below fee schedule that correlates with your adoption.

I AM A SPENCE-CHAIN CLIENT. HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

Spence-Chapin’s home study fees reflect the work and support we dedicate to your family. To reduce barriers to adoption, fees are not incurred all at once but are charged incrementally as services are rendered. To assist you in planning, click the below fee schedule that correlates with your adoption.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR YOUR ADOPTION

Spence-Chapin is committed to reducing barriers to adoption and partners with the experts at Your Adoption Finance Coach to provide our families with free access to experts, tools, and content that can take the worry out of financing your adoption. Additionally, the Federal Adoption Tax Credit can greatly offset the costs of adoption. The Adoption Tax Credit is up to $15,950 per adoption, taken in the tax year in which your adoption is finalized.

Free financial coaching is available to families once an application has been received and approved for one of our adoption programs, including our domestic and international home study services! Please contact us to learn more.

WHAT FAMILIES SAY ABOUT US

Hague accredited services

IAAA

As a Hague accredited agency, Spence-Chapin provides home study services that follow the guidelines of the Hague Convention on International Adoption. We have provided the below information to help you learn more as you explore our services and your next steps. 

Learn more about our Adoption Programs

Domestic Adoption

International Adoption

Special Needs Adoption