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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.

Supporting Vulnerable Children

Spence-Chapin is committed to the welfare of children and families. For more than 25 years, Spence-Chapin has been ensuring for the care and support of vulnerable children through our Granny and Special Needs Adoption Programs. In recent years, Spence-Chapin has added  our Project Play initiative, Holiday Angels Program, and other humanitarian aid efforts during the pandemic and beyond to best support children and families around the world. Made possible by the generosity of our supporters, each program uniquely provides for the needs of children and families in challenging circumstances. 


A TRibute To Martha Heck Ulman

Spence-Chapin honors the memory of Martha Heck Ulman, granddaughter of Spence-Chapin Co-Founder, Clara Spence, and Spence-Chapin Honorary Board Member. Please read our tribute to Mrs. Ulman, written by our Chief Executive Officer, Kate Trambitskaya. 

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National Adoption Awareness Month

Spence-Chapin is excited to highlight the many stories that make up the ✨adoption constellation ✨and raise awareness about the unique experiences that shape each adoption journey while celebrating the diversity within the adoption community.

We hope you will join us in-person and online throughout the month as we share the different perspectives and stories that make the adoption experience the rich and vibrant tapestry that it is. 

Whether connecting in-person for our upcoming event, listening to our special NAAM episodes on our Adoption Talk podcast, or following our stories on social media, we’re offering great resources throughout the month for you to learn from and share! For more details about our offerings follow the link in the button below!

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Holiday Angels

It’s that special time of year again when Holiday Angels launches to help families in need of support this holiday season! Your support will ensure that this year’s Holiday Angels help even more children and families.

The Spence-Chapin Holiday Angels Program provides clothing, essentials, and gifts to families in need.  These families have either previously been served through our counseling and support services, or are currently residing at or receiving services through our domestic violence and family homeless shelter partner offices. We match each donor family with a recipient family and provide donors with a wish list that your matched family has prioritized. 

Sign up today to make someone’s holiday special!

Thank you to all of our honorees, speakers, sponsors, and guests for making our 2022 Gala a monumental success. We are so humbled by the outpouring of support from the Spence-Chapin community as we gathered together to celebrate the heroes in our lives. The event exceeded all expectations and will have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of the children, women, and families who Spence-Chapin supports through our programs and services. 
Make sure to view our photo gallery to relive the magic of this special event! 
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Spence-Chapin Team heads to South Africa to visit partners

This April, a Spence-Chapin team headed down to South Africa for the first time since 2019 to visit with our partners, meet with the dedicated Grannies of the Granny Program and the incredible children they care for throughout four orphanges in Johannesburg, and to spend time with the seven Spence-Chapin families who are currently in-country and recently finalized their adoptions. Visit the Granny Program page to learn more about this program and the impact it is having on more than 180 children around the world, and check out our Instagram for more updates on our trip! 

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.

Upcoming Events

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



Bagels & Blox and Play Café

Date: sábado, diciembre 3

Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm




Bagels & Blox and Play Café

Date: sábado, marzo 11

Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm




Lifebook Workshop (Ages 5-10)

Date: sábado, abril 22

Times: 12:00pm – 03:00pm

Location: Spence-Chapin

HRC Seal 2021

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 2021. 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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