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About Spence-Chapin

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children is a non-profit organization that has been providing adoption and adoption support services for over a century. The Spence-Chapin Way is to provide guidance and support to children, women, and families throughout all our program areas.

How To Adopt

Begin your adoption journey with confidence and ease. Our expert team of professionals will guide you every step of the way, from home study to placement, and everything in between.


From coaching and counseling to events, and more, our Pre & Post Adoption Services are there for you and your family.

Waiting Children

Visit our waiting child page to learn more about children currently awaiting their forever families.

Support for Families Fleeing Ukraine

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Spence-Chapin has reached out to our international partners to find secure pathways for providing assistance to the children and families fleeing Ukraine and ensuring they have access to food, secure shelter, and basic supplies. We ask for your help in supporting these families by contributing to our campaign or starting your own fundraiser to increase our impact. Please find out more below. We also encourage you to read our full statement on the crisis in Ukraine and the impact on children. 


Breaking News:
House of Representatives Passes Adoptee Citizenship Act

On February 4, the content of the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021 was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives as a bipartisan amendment to the America COMPETES Act of 2022. This amendment would grant citizenship to international adoptees who were brought to the United States as children but never granted citizenship.

If passed in the Senate and enacted into law, this will allow thousands of international adoptees access to critical supports and provide a pathway for those who have been unjustly deported to return home and be reunited with their families.

For more details, read co-sponsor Representative Adam Smith’s press release.

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Spence-Chapin Team heads to South Africa to visit partners

This April, a Spence-Chapin team headed down to South Africa for the first time since 2019 to visit with our partners, meet with the dedicated Grannies of the Granny Program and the incredible children they care for throughout four orphanges in Johannesburg, and to spend time with the seven Spence-Chapin families who are currently in-country and recently finalized their adoptions. Visit the Granny Program page to learn more about this program and the impact it is having on more than 180 children around the world, and check out our Instagram for more updates on our trip! 

Adoption Talk

Check out our new Podcast

Spence-Chapin is excited to announce the launch of a brand new podcast about all things adoption—Adoption Talk by Spence-Chapin!

There are many voices that make up the adoption constellation. This podcast aims to hear from all of them because each voice brings an important perspective and story about adoption. 

Twice a month, this podcast brings you conversations with adoptees, birth parents, adoptive families, adoption professionals and health and social service experts as they share their experiences and discuss all things adoption . Let’s get started.

Upcoming Events

To see all upcoming events at Spence-Chapin, please view our events calendar



Adoption 101 Webinar

Date: Monday, May 23

Times: 06:00pm – 07:00pm


HRC Seal 2021

Spence-Chapin is a proud recipient of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “All Children – All Families” Innovator in LGBTQ Inclusion seal of recognition for 2021. Spence-Chapin is committed to equality in adoption and is proud of the many children we have placed in loving, stable, same-sex households. Find out more about our adoption pathways for LGBTQ+ families!

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