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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.

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National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month (NAM), a time to teach others about the adoption journey and celebrate adoption! This year, Spence-Chapin aims to share the experiences and voices of the adoption constellation with the world in order to increase understanding around adoption. 

Through our #AdoptionIs campaign, the Adoption Awareness Video Project featuring well-known faces connected to adoption sharing what adoption means to them and their families, and our many events and webinars scheduled this month, we hope to inspire those touched by adoption and increase awareness and understanding about adoption for those not connected to it. Learn more and get involved on our NAM 2021 page!

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.

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Families Helping Families

This year, Spence-Chapin is dedicating Giving Tuesday on November 30th to families. From the families served through our satellite offices in some of New York and New Jersey’s most underserved communities, to the families who receive counseling and support through our post-adoption services, and more, your contribution to Spence-Chapin this Giving Tuesday will go right back to the families we serve everyday. Thank you! 

Upcoming Events

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



Play Café

Date: Sunday, December 12

Times: 12:00pm – 01:00pm




Introduction to South Africa Adoption

Date: Monday, December 13

Times: 06:00pm – 07:00pm




Introduction to Adoption from Colombia

Date: Tuesday, December 14

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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