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.

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November is National Adoption Month (NAM), a time to teach others about the adoption journey and celebrate adoption! This year, as part of National Adoption Month, Spence-Chapin is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of our Special Needs Adoption Program, which has placed more than 500 children with special needs in loving adoptive families. 

Spence-Chapin will be sharing stories, information, testimonials, pictures, and videos from families that adopted through our International and Domestic adoption programs.

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Now offering virtual counseling and coaching sessions to members of the adoption community!

This is a challenging time for all of us. Our goal is to make it as convenient as possible for you to get in touch with our therapists online so you can receive the well-being services you need safely and and securely. To learn more, email or call us at 646-539-2167.


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 for updates. 

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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


International Adoption Adoptive Parent Panel November

Date: Monday, November 30

Times: 05:30pm – 06:30pm



Attachment, Trauma and Loss: Training for International Adoption December

Date: Tuesday, December 1

Times: 05:00pm – 07:30pm



Pre-Adoptive Single Parents Group December 1st

Date: Tuesday, December 1

Times: 06:00pm – 07:00pm


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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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