Are You an Adoptee Starting College this Fall?

If you’re reading this, it’s most likely because your mom or dad sent it your way. But don’t stop reading yet. First think of what you’re most excited about as you get ready for college.
Got it? Well, as exciting as going off to college can be, it can also be a really nerve-wracking experience. Forget about everything you need to pack; how are you going to manage making friends, getting good grades, and living away from home for the first time?

You may be wondering what adoption has to do with all of this. Maybe you didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about your adoption when you were younger, but as you’ve grown older, you’ve dealt with issues other teens haven’t, and you may be wondering if it has to do with you being adopted.  You’re not alone! Graduating from high school and transitioning to college is a major life event, and you may find yourself thinking about your identity, independence, fitting in, and the idea of family in new ways.

College is your time to figure out who you are! You’ll want to find ways to get involved, build community and meet other adoptees or students that share your birth culture or nationality. You may be nervous about fitting in with those groups, having to explain your family to a new set of people, or simply being homesick.

Sound like a lot to think about? That’s where we come in! Join us and other adoptees for our “Off to College” workshop on Thursday, July 17th from 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. to get connected, share expectations and fears, and get ready for the most memorable years of your life!

To find out more contact us at

212-400-8150 or email us at info@spence-chapin.org.