Privacy Policy

Information Collection and Use

Spence-Chapin respects the privacy rights of its users and recognizes the importance of protecting personal information. Personal information is private and confidential. All information gathered is used for internal purposes only. Accordingly, Spence-Chapin never discloses any information to a third party unless expressly permitted by the user in writing or when otherwise required by law.

A designated employee who has access to confidential information is trained to follow appropriate procedures in connection with any collection or disclosure of confidential information.  Because ensuring that all personal information is properly stored and protected is a top priority for us, all employees of Spence-Chapin are required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement as a condition of employment.

Spence-Chapin complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations governing confidential information. In accordance with New York State Social Services Law, Domestic Relations Law, and Public Health Law, Spence-Chapin assures that all records are kept confidential. 

External Links

Spence-Chapin’s website contains links to other websites, the inclusion of which does not imply a recommendation, endorsement, authorization, or affiliation with respect to those sites, their views, express or implied, services, products, or processes offered by them. Spence-Chapin has no control over the nature, content, and availability of those sites. We recommend that you check the privacy statements of these external sites for more information about their policies on collection and use of confidential information.

Public Forums

Spence-Chapin may create social media platforms on its website, such as chat rooms, blogs, message boards, etc. At all times, you are responsible for the content of your messages, and any consequence(s) of such messages. Information disclosed in these forums becomes public information and Spence-Chapin assumes no liability for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon information provided to the user via the public forum(s).

Donor Privacy

Spence-Chapin does not provide, sell, or rent email addresses or share donors’ personal information to anyone outside of the organization. 

General Disclaimer

The information contained on Spence-Chapin’s website is to provide general information about the adoption process.  It is not intended to be used in the conduct of actual business, education or other matters, and does not substitute any professional advice, including legal, medical or clinical.

Spence-Chapin may use stock photographs and images on the website.  Unless specifically stated otherwise, images of families and children on the website are for illustrative purposes only and are not images of children who are currently available for adoption or who have previously been adopted. 

Spence-Chapin makes every effort to ensure that the information provided on the website is up to date and correct, however, Spence-Chapin makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. All sections of this website, are used by you, the user, at your own risk and without liability to Spence-Chapin. In no event shall Spence-Chapin be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damage, including incidental and consequential damage, arising either directly or indirectly out of use of Spence-Chapin’s website and/or any of the website’s functions. 

Spence-Chapin assumes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control. 

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Spence-Chapin reserves the right to amend the privacy policy at any time, and as such will make any updates accordingly.