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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.

Women's History month

March is Women’s History Month. This month honors and celebrates the contributions of women throughout American history. 

Spence-Chapin is proud to highlight the stories of the many women that have shaped and created the Spence-Chapin family—from our founders, to our international partners, to the many incredible women connected through adoption.

Women have paved the way for modern adoption and Spence-Chapin is indebted to these women. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are sharing our historic timeline of the inspiring women of Spence-Chapin. These women have succeeded in creating thousands of families over the last century.

The summer of no outside

This book helps explain to children that they might not be able to go outside and play, and everyone is keeping more distance than before. It is also for parents to understand that you’re not alone, and hopefully, help you communicate and grow with your children at the same time. Book proceeds benefit families impacted by the health and economic impact of this global crisis. 


Black Lives Matter

The staff of Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children are outraged at the murder of George Floyd and pained by the targeted violence against communities of color over countless years. The urgency for real change in how we interact with each other as a diverse society is evident. As an adoption organization that has brought families and children of so many cultures together for over 100 years, we support all peaceful activity to acknowledge that black families matter, black children matter, and black lives MATTER. 

We are all in this challenging and critical time together. We are planning future conversations where you can share your thoughts and concerns. Please visit spence-chapin.org/black-lives-matter for updates. 

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COVID-19 Information

We are working diligently to provide our community with the same quality programming and services they expect from Spence-Chapin during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that this is a difficult time for many of the women, children, and families we serve and we want you to know that we are here for you.  We have lowered barriers to accessing virtual coaching sessions with our licensed social work counselors; are continuing to process new adoption applications and are waiving fees for international adoption applications; are able to start your home study process at a reduced rate. We are also excited to offer our first virtual Bagels & Blox and Play Cafe for children and families! To continue to learn about these programs and more, please sign up for our temporary weekly update email.  You can also continue to check our COVID-19 Updates page for current information. We are all in this together! 

Upcoming Events

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


Parenting Adopted Teens: Identity Day

Date: Thursday, March 11

Times: 06:30pm – 08:00pm



Introduction to Bulgaria Adoption

Date: Friday, March 12

Times: 01:00pm – 02:00pm



Virtual Play Cafe (ages 6-9 years)

Date: Saturday, March 13

Times: 12:00pm – 01:00pm


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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 2019. 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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