Education & Training

We are here for our community! Professionals and advocates from diverse backgrounds rely on Spence-Chapin for unbiased information and resources about family services, parenting, and adoption. 

With offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island and New Jersey, we work with healthcare professionals, parent groups, educators, elected officials, and more to provide education on family services, parenting, and adoption.

For Healthcare Professionals

We’ve trained over 400 healthcare professionals on options counseling and support for pregnant women and their partners.

Topics Include:

  • Unbiased Options Counseling & Permanency Planning
  • Tough Conversations: How to Talk about Options with Clients
  • Birth Parent Rights
  • Modern Adoption Practice & Open Adoption
  • Special Needs & Options
  • And more!


Request FREE print brochures or download below:

  • Options Counseling – available in: English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Bengali, Arabic, Polish, Korean
  • Healthy Women, Strong Families Brochure (English and Spanish)
  • Adoption FAQs

For Schools and Community Groups

We offer a variety of workshops for families, parents, and professionals. Our workshops are led by experienced and licensed family experts who can give you the tools to feel confident that your children are in a supportive environment.

  • Adoption in Schools: Creating a Supportive Environment
  • Common Parenting FAQs: Discipline and Behavior, Setting Limits and Routines, Sleep & Eating, Quibbling Siblings
  • Finding the Right Words for Tough Conversations
  • LGBTQ Parents: How to Talk About Our Families
  • And more!

Learn About Adoption

With more than a century of experience in family services, Spence-Chapin is the premier New York City expert on adoption.

  • Modern Adoption Practice
  • Understanding Open Adoption
  • Adoption 101
  • Moving from Infertility to Adoption
  • Tough Conversations: How to Talk about Adoption
  • And more!