Groups and Trainings

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.

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Due to COVID-19 all events will be virtual.

The Manhattan Birthparents Support Group is peer-led and meets monthly to explore feelings and share stories in a safe, supportive space. The group currently meets virtually and is open to all birthparents even if their adoptions were not planned through Spence-Chapin. Contact Michelle at [email protected] for more information.


Due to COVID-19 all events will be virtual.

Whether you’re newly exploring adoptive parenthood or have been an adoptive family for years, our regular online trainings and support groups are a place to learn, grow and meet others in similar situations. Topics include the complexities of parenting across race, talking about adoption, trauma-informed parenting and single parenthood. 


Due to COVID-19 all events will be virtual.

Our popular monthly Play Cafe events for six-to nine-year-olds to explore adoption through identity-focused activities. Join us online for scavenger hunts, mask making and laughter!

Through our longstanding Mentorship Program established in 2006, teen and tween “mentees” join a group of adult adoptee “mentors” to have fun, make friends and share in the adoptee experience.

Mask Making and Lifebook workshops are a place for kids to explore their identity, make meaning of their adoption, and leave empowered with ways to talk about themselves and their story.

Bagels and Blocks, our free monthly playgroup for adoptive families with children under the age of six, is currently on hold. We look forward to seeing you when we can again meet in person


Due to COVID-19 all events will be virtual.

We value working together with other professionals to strengthen the services that families and children connected to adoption receive and to promote shared knowledge in current best practices. Whether you’re a child welfare agency, school, attorney, healthcare professional or independent practitioner, we look forward to connecting with you. Find more information about our trainings and workshops for professionals here.


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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