Mentorship Program

Accepting Applications Now!

Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Mentorship Program connects middle and high school adoptees to adult adoptees to engage in fun interactive activities, conversations, and reflections. The program is overseen by Spence-Chapin’s licensed social workers. Through participation in monthly educational and social outings, our program empowers adoptees to make new friends, build self-confidence and better understand their adoption identities and experiences. Some previous activities have included ice skating, trips to aquariums and zoos, and classes on painting, fencing, pasta-making, mask-making, and more. The Mentorship Program provides an inclusive and safe space for Mentees to discuss any and all topics including identity, adoption history, and relationships.

Mentees benefit from forming peer relationships with other adopted youth and adult mentors, while forming an inclusive adoption community that can carry them through their teen years and beyond.


Middle or high school students in the tri-state area adopted internationally or domestically through Spence-Chapin or another adoption agency, the foster care system, or a private adoption attorney. Mentees are open to receiving support and guidance from an adopted adult and are able to be in a group setting and participate in structured activities. Our families join us from NYC, New Jersey, and Connecticut.


Volunteers who are adopted, living in the tri-state area, and are in their twenties, thirties, and forties. All of our mentors are screened and trained by our licensed social work staff before entering the program. They serve as role models who can share their adoption story and experiences while encouraging mentees to ask questions, feel comfortable with their identities, and develop healthy self-esteem.

Rachel Kara Perez

Rachel was born in The Bronx and raised in a predominantly Puerto Rican household. During a visit to Spence-Chapin to get non-identifying information about her adoption, Rachel was told she would make a great Mentor.

Rebecca Pollack

Born in South Korea and adopted at 2 ½ years old, Rebecca is often asked whether she is Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, or Native American Indian.


Andrew and his identical twin brother along with a sister were adopted from South Korea. Being in a mixed-race family of three Korean children highlighted that they were adopted since their parents are not Korean.


Doreen was born and raised in New York and is one of seven siblings. At 12 or 13 years old, her parents told her she was adopted. Since she was placed with an African-American family, she had no idea that she wasn’t their biological daughter.


Mentorship Program Cost

$500 per semester


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