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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.

Supporting Vulnerable Children

Spence-Chapin is committed to the welfare of children and families. For more than 25 years, Spence-Chapin has been ensuring for the care and support of vulnerable children through our Granny and Special Needs Adoption Programs. In recent years, Spence-Chapin has added  our Project Play initiative, Holiday Angels Program, and other humanitarian aid efforts during the pandemic and beyond to best support children and families around the world. Made possible by the generosity of our supporters, each program uniquely provides for the needs of children and families in challenging circumstances. 

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Spence-Chapin Launches Request for Proposals for Rebranding Project

Spence-Chapin is excited to announce that we are planning a rebranding and are looking for a company to help us develop the perfect new logo for our organization! Proposals are being accepted beginning Monday, August 8th until Monday, August 22nd. Please see below for guidelines and information. 

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. 

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Spence-Chapin and New Yorkers For Children Launch Post-Adoption Support Program

Spence-Chapin is proud to partner with New Yorkers For Children to launch the Post-Permanency Support Program, which will provide much needed support and services to 100 families after children leave foster care through adoption or guardianship. The program will be operated by three highly qualified providers, MercyFirst, New Alternatives for Children (NAC), and the Council on Adoptable Children (COAC), and will help ensure stability for newly formed families. Read the full press release by clicking on our link in bio and stay tuned for more updates about this exciting initiative!

Thank you to all of our honorees, speakers, sponsors, and guests for making our 2022 Gala a monumental success. We are so humbled by the outpouring of support from the Spence-Chapin community as we gathered together to celebrate the heroes in our lives. The event exceeded all expectations and will have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of the children, women, and families who Spence-Chapin supports through our programs and services. 
Make sure to view our photo gallery to relive the magic of this special event! 
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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



Financing Your International Adoption

Date: Thursday, September 29

Times: 06:00pm – 07:00pm




Lifebook Workshop (Ages 5-10)

Date: Saturday, October 1

Times: 12:00pm – 03:00pm

Location: Spence-Chapin



Bagels & Blox and Play Café

Date: Saturday, October 15

Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm


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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