As a recipient of the Human Rights Campaign’s “All Children – All Families” seal of recognition, Spence-Chapin is committed to equality in adoption and is proud of the many children we have placed in loving same-sex households.
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Spence-Chapin offers a variety of pathways to adoption for LGBTQ+ families. Our South Africa and Colombia International Adoption Programs encourage applications from single persons, married and unmarried couples, heterosexual and LGBTQ+ parents living throughout the United States. For those in the great metro NYC area, our Domestic Infant Adoption Program connects babies in need of loving, permanent homes to their forever families. Our Special Needs Adoption Program places medically fragile infants and young children with adoptive families from around the country. Whichever pathway you choose to grow your family, Spence-Chapin will guide you every step of the way.
Spence-Chapin offers home study services to any family pursuing a domestic or international adoption that resides within 100 miles of New York City in New York or New Jersey. This includes the adoption of an infant while working with any agency or attorney, step-parent and second parent adoptions, as well as embryo adoption. Read our home study FAQ to learn more.
Spence-Chapin provides birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees a supportive community and a connection to professionals who understand the unique aspects of adoption.
We offer culturally sensitive, LGBTQ+-affirming care in an accepting, nonjudgmental environment. Services include pre-adoption consultations, counseling, support groups, referrals, programs for LGBTQ+ kids and teens, LGBTQ+ parent workshops and trainings for LGBTQ+ professionals.
Spence-Chapin is not a licensed foster care agency but does provide counseling and support to foster and foster-adoptive parents. For more information on foster care adoption, please visit the following resources:
Human Rights Campaign: All Children – All Families is a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which promotes LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and affirming practices among child welfare agencies and formally recognizes those agencies that are leading the field with innovative approaches to inclusion. All Children All Families has many resources on their site for families to learn more and also includes a list of participating agencies by state.
Family Equality Council publishes state by state LGBTQ+ family law guides which can be a helpful place to begin to learn about the laws governing the state in which you live.
The LGBT Bar Association’s Family Law Institute maintains a directory of lawyers committed to diversity.
The Center (NYC) has been supporting, fostering, and celebrating the LGBT community of NYC since 1983.