Home Study Services

Spence-Chapin has more than 100 years of providing adoption services and we are here to guide you through the home study process. No matter your adoption pathway your process will begin with the home study. We provide domestic and international home studies both for families adopting through Spence-Chapin’s placement programs as well as for families adopting with another agency or attorney. If you are working with an attorney or another agency for placement, we will collaborate with them to ensure a smooth process for your family. You will have the support of an entire adoption team through the home study and post-placement services. To learn more about completing your home study with Spence-Chapin email us at info@spence-chapin.org or call us at 212-400-8150. We look forward to getting to know your family.


We provide domestic and international adoption home studies for families living in New York State and New Jersey, within 100 miles of our Manhattan office.


  • Domestic and international home studies completed in 2-4 months
  • Home studies provided for kinship/relative adoptions
  • Coordination of services with your placement agency or attorney
  • Guidance through all documentation and clearances
  • Pre-adoption training
  • Interviews with a social worker, including a home visit
  • Access to Adoption Finance Coaching throughout your adoption process
  • Pre- and post-adoption supports including community events, workshops and panels

Domestic Adoption Home study

We provide domestic home studies for families adopting within our programs or with another agency or attorney. We will coordinate with your attorney or placement agency to ensure that everything is in order for court and ICPC. As you pursue and independent adoption with an attorney you can still access the range of support services of our agency. We can help you start to build connections with other adoptive parents. We welcome you to attend the panels we offer throughout the year featuring birth parents and adult adoptees. Your social worker will also spend individual time preparing you on topics such as talking about adoption with your future child, openness, and transcultural/transracial parenting.

Read more about domestic home studies with Spence-Chapin on our blog.

International Adoption Home study

Spence-Chapin currently has international adoption programs in Bulgaria, Colombia, and South Africa; however, if you are interested in another country, we can still conduct your home study to get you started!

We provide international home studies for families adopting within our programs or with another agency. No matter the country you are adopting from we can complete your home study and we coordinate with your primary provider agency to ensure that the home study not only meets state and federal requirements but also any requirements of the country from which you are adopting.

Growing your family through international adoption is lifechanging and we offer opportunities to hear first-hand experiences from parents already parenting through international adoption and from adult adoptees. We offer training on topics including attachment/bonding, the impact of institutionalization on child development, transracial/transcultural parenting, talking about adoption with your future child, the impact of early childhood trauma, and behavior management. We will help you identify local resources to support your future child’s social, emotional, academic and developmental needs.

We are familiar with the unique adjustment needs of families adopting relative children and we welcome working with families pursuing kinship adoptions.


  • Domestic and international post placements or post adoption reports completed
  • Services provided for kinship/relative adoptions
  • Coordination of services with your placement agency or attorney
  • Guidance through all documentation and clearances
  • Post adoption training
  • Interviews with a social worker, including a home visit
  • Post -adoption supports including community events, workshops and panels

Hague accredited services

Spence-Chapin is a Hague accredited agency which means we facilitate Hague adoptions and provide Hague home study services. In order to receive Hague Accreditation, Spence-Chapin must meet certain international standards. In addition, the three countries where Spence-Chapin has established international adoption programs (South Africa, Colombia, Bulgaria) have all signed the Hague Convention and are also audited annually to ensure proper adherence to standards. We have provided the below information to help you learn more as you explore our services and your next steps.

Meet Our Home Study Team

Get to know our Home Study Team. Each professional is here to  help you navigate through the entire home study process.


“We could not have been happier with our experience with Spence-Chapin. The entire staff is incredible, and we feel so lucky to be part of the Spence-Chapin family.”

“The people at Spence-Chapin are professionals. You can count on them for the expertise and agency you need in a completing your home study. Truly A+. And they’ve been doing it a very long time.”

“Overall, Spence-Chapin home study service was excellent. Our social worker was knowledgeable and it really felt like she had our best interests at heart throughout the process. Spence-Chapin has made what could have been a very stressful time much easier through their resources and communication.”

“Spence-Chapin is wonderful! They’re friendly, informative, responsive, and encouraging. Their programs and resources are impressive. I highly recommend them.”

“We had a great experience with Spence Chapin’s home study. Our social worker was knowledgeable, non-judgmental, and helpful in answering all of our questions.”

“Thank you, Spence Chapin, for helping our three baby girls find their way home.”

Financial Coaching for your adoption

Spence-Chapin has partnered with the experts at Your Adoption Finance Coach to provide our families with free access to experts, tools and content that can take the worry out of financing your adoption. This service is available at no additional cost to families. Free financial coaching is available to families once an application has been received and approved for one of our adoption programs, including our domestic and international home study services! Please contact us to learn more.

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