Black History Month

Spence-Chapin has been a leader in African-American and Black infant adoption as well as recruitment of African-American adoptive parents. We celebrate the efforts made by those who have fought to break barriers, continue in our mission of finding adoptive families for all children in the New York tri-state area and abroad as well as recruiting African-American, Black, bi-racial, and multi-racial adoptive parents.

FEATURED EVENT

Parenting Across Race: Hair Care and Identity

Join us to honor Black History Month with this interactive virtual event! Whether you are parenting across race or are waiting to parent, have never done wavy, curly or coily hair, or are looking to improve your hair care skills for your child, join us to learn techniques for textured hair. Come with your questions, comments and ideas!

Maryjane Stahr, owner and creator of Ombre Originals and transracial adoptee, will share insight on products tips for haircare. Maryjane started Ombre Originals as a way to encourage authenticity of one’s self. As a transracial adoptee, she feels it is important to educate the adoptive community on haircare for all textures and to embrace your curl pattern.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

FEATURED Interviews

Here and Now ABC 7 Interview

Antoinette Cockerham, Ian Rowe, and Latoya Sinclair discussing Spence-Chapin’s history in finding permanent homes for African American children for adoption.

Brooklyn Savvy: Transracial Adoption Revisited

Antoinette Cockerham of Spence Chapin talks about the challenges of transracial adoption.

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. 

FEATURED BLOG POSTS

REFLECTIONS ON SPENCE-CHAPIN HISTORY DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

This month as we celebrate Black History Month, I have found myself taking time to reflect on the history of African American adoption, the role that Spence-Chapin has played in that history, and the many encouraging changes I have witnessed in my 25+ career working in adoption.

SOUTH AFRICA ADOPTION STORY: JENNIFER AND RYAN

A mother reflects on her family’s transition at home after adopting her daughter from South Africa.

SPENCE-CHAPIN, A LEADER IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND BLACK INFANT ADOPTION

In honor of Black History Month, we revisit the efforts made by those who have fought to break barriers, making African-American and Black children a focus and a priority.

RACE, RACISM AND ADOPTIVE PARENTING RESOURCES

Spence-Chapin has created a list of resources for adoptive families who are looking to explore the complexities of race, racism and raising a child of color in America.  

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