National Adoption Month

hero version2 33

November is National Adoption Month (NAM), a time to teach others about the adoption journey and celebrate adoption! This year, Spence-Chapin aims to share the experiences and voices of the adoption constellation with the world in order to increase understanding around adoption. 

Through our #AdoptionIs campaign, our new Adoption Talk podcast, and the Adoption Awareness Video Project, featuring well-known faces connected to adoption sharing what adoption means to them and their families, and our many events and webinars scheduled this month, we hope to inspire those touched by adoption and increase awareness and understanding about adoption for those not connected to it.  

Now more than ever, the need for family is so important, having a permanent, loving home is so necessary, and staying connected is essential. We encourage you to share these stories from the Spence-Chapin community as well as your own during the month of November and throughout the year and to stay connected to us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and now on TikTok!

See below to learn how to learn more and get involved!

 

National Adoption Month Word Cloud

What does adoption mean to you? Contribute to our National Adoption Month Word Cloud by filling in the blank in Adoption Is ______. We will be sharing this Word Cloud as it grows throughout the month on our social media to increase awareness about adoption and what it means to those who are connected to it.  

Loading...

ways to Get Involved

AdoptionIsCampaignImage Square Small

join: The campaign

Join the #AdoptionIs campaign which asks members of the adoption community: “What does adoption mean to you?” We will be featuring responses throughout the month here and on our social media. 

To participate in this initiative, you can fill out the word cloud at the top of this page, participate in our Adoption Awareness Video Project, or fill in the blank of Adoption is ______ on your own social media using the hashtag #AdoptionIs. 

We hope you will add your voice to the campaign!

Watch: Video Series

According to a recent Harris Poll on behalf of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 66% of Americans say they are only somewhat or not at all familiar with adoption. This National Adoption Month, Spence-Chapin wants to change that. With the Adoption Awareness Video Project, we are bringing together the voices of well-known faces to talk about their own personal connections to adoption in self-recorded videos, helping to increase understanding about adoption by those not connected to adoption while at the same time ensuring that everyone in the adoption constellation knows that there is a supportive commnity out there for them. Watch our trailer and stay tuned for the full series throughout the month of November by following us on Instagram at @spencechapinsvc!

Adoption Talk

Listen: New Podcast

Spence-Chapin’s new podcast Adoption Talk by Spence-Chapin brings you the many voices that make up the adoption constellation because each voice brings an important perspective and story about adoption. Through thoughtful discussion, interviews on critical topics, and engaging stories, Adoption Talk seeks to spread Spence-Chapin’s vision of a world where adoption is a celebrated choice, every child belongs, and all families are embraced.

New episodes will be released throughout the month of November. Listen and subscribe on Spotify here.

National Adoption Month Events & Webinars

Get Social With us

Sep

26

Introduction to Adoption from Colombia

Date: Monday, September 26

Times: 06:00pm – 07:00pm

Location:

Sep

27

Introduction to Adoption from South Africa

Date: Tuesday, September 27

Times: 06:00pm – 07:00pm

Location:

Sep

28

Domestic Infant Adoption with an Attorney

Date: Wednesday, September 28

Times: 06:00pm – 07:30pm

Location:

Sep

26

06:00pm – 07:00pm

Introduction to Adoption from Colombia

Join us to learn about our Colombia Adoption Program. Our Colombia Adoption Program is open to singles, married couples, unmarried couples, and welcomes LGBTQ+ parents. In this webinar, we will detail the pathways to adopt from Colombia, including pathways available to individuals without Colombian Heritage as well as pathways available to individuals who hold a Colombian Cedula. We will share information about the system of child protection in Colombia and will share photos of some of the children’s homes where children reside while in protective care. We will discuss common medical and special needs of children who are awaiting adoption in Colombia. We will speak about eligibility factors for prospective adoptive parents in Colombia. Bring your questions – we’ll save time for Q&A.

Sep

27

06:00pm – 07:00pm

Introduction to Adoption from South Africa

Our International Team is excited to host this webinar and to share information about adopting from South Africa. Spence-Chapin is proud to have the longest history of any US-based agency of facilitating adoption from South Africa and we work with adoptive families living across the entire United States.

Sep

28

06:00pm – 07:30pm

Domestic Infant Adoption with an Attorney

Are you considering adoption and want to know more about the home study process?

Sep

29

06:00pm – 07:00pm

Financing Your International Adoption

Spence-Chapin is thrilled to partner 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. In this webinar, we will hear from Kelly Ellison, adoptive mother and Founder and CEO of Your Adoption Finance Coach. Kelly will provide an overview of financial resources available to families adopting internationally. This will be a great introduction to the many resources that can offset the costs of an international adoption process and families who move forward in an international adoption program at Spence-Chapin will have access to Your Adoption Finance Coach’s full breadth of individualized services at no cost.

Oct

1

12:00pm – 03:00pm

Lifebook Workshop (Ages 5-10)

Click the link below to learn more about this event

Oct

6

06:00pm – 07:30pm

It Takes a Village: A Special Virtual Event for the Loved Ones of Pre-Adoptive Families

Click the link below to learn more about this event

Our Favorite Adoption Blog Posts

7 WAYS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH

Spence-Chapin staff members say those of us with personal connections to adoption can be powerful voices in promoting adoption, breaking down myths, and bringing attention to the children here and around the world waiting for permanent families. Here are Spence-Chapin’s ideas for how to celebrate National Adoption Month!

birth-parent support: the spence-chapin way

At Spence-Chapin, we view adoption as a lifelong journey that touches the lives of many individuals: birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents, as well as extended families. It is essential to approach every individual connected to adoption from a place of honesty, respect, and loving support. That is what we call The Spence-Chapin Way.

S-C family gets creative for children and families

Michael and Ronie Pastko have been a part of the Spence-Chapin family since their first inquiry into adoption in 2015. After becoming parents through adoption, they remain advocates of all things SC. Check out how both have used their own skills and strengths to creatively support the organization throughout the COVID-19 pandemic!

mentors & mentees

For the first time, young adoptees ages 13-18 can now experience the Spence-Chapin Teen Mentorship Program from anywhere in the United States. Through a virtual platform, they are connected to other teen adoptees and adult adoptee Mentors and engage in fun virtual activities and adoptee-centered discussions. For many, it is their first experience being in a space with only adoptees!