Community Programming

Be part of a lifelong connection

We invite you to make us part of your adoption community. We offer a variety of groups and programming so you can find the one that is right for you. We hope to see you soon.


Our free monthly playgroups are a great opportunity for children to make friends and connect with other adoptees. It’s also a wonderful space for parents to share stories and build their adoption community. Social workers are always on hand to answer questions and provide resources. Bagels & Blox is our playgroup for children between 0 to 6 years old. Play Café is for children 6 to 9 years old.


Our interactive and creative workshops are crafted by Spence-Chapin’s team of professionals to help parents and their children explore adoption themes. Lifebook Workshop is for children ages 6 and older. Through words and pictures, children will better understand who they are and how their family was formed. Adoption Identity & Mask-Making is for tweens and teens ages 10 and up. During this workshop, children will explore their inner and outer selves in helping to understand their adoption identity.


The Spence-Chapin Mentorship program facilitates events once a month for adopted tweens and teens both international and domestically adopted. Mentors and mentees meet for fun, social gatherings that allow them to make new friends, build self-confidence, and connect with others who can relate to them. Our events are in-house and offsite at various locations throughout the city. We provide an open and safe space for our mentees to grow together with our mentors, exploring their adoption identity. Our mentors are also both international and domestic adoptees who are 21 years and older, some have been with our program for over 10 years.

The Manhattan Birthparents Support Group

The Manhattan Birthparents Support Group is an independent support group that meets at Spence-Chapin. The peer-led group meets monthly to explore their feelings and to share their stories in a safe, supportive space. The group is open to all birthparents even if their adoptions were not planned through Spence-Chapin.


For all the exciting special events we offer throughout the year, including our Halloween Party, our Cocktails & Conversations series and Voices of Adoption, visit our events calendar.

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