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Spence-Chapin is proud to have been in the forefront of
African-American adoption since 1946 when the agency challenged the
then-popular notion that African-Americans were not interested in
adoption, and developed the highly respected program that flourishes
Adoptive Parent Information MeetingsCurrently, our domestic adoption program is over capacity, with a large number of families ready for a placement and waiting for a match, and a large number of families who are on a wait-list to begin their home study process.
For prospective adoptive families who are interested in working with an attorney for a private domestic adoption we offer our high-quality parent preparation and home study services offered through our Partnership Program. If choosing an attorney, we recommend starting your search through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (www.adoptionattorneys.org).
Prospective adoptive families interested in considering International Adoption, we welcome you to register for an upcoming information meeting.
African-American Parents Advisory CommitteeIn 1991, the agency formed the Spence-Chapin African-American Parents Advisory Committee. The Committee, known as AAPAC, is a sounding board for the agency, providing input on matters concerning African-American adoption and bringing families together for social networking. AAPAC has also been instrumental in developing ideas on recruitment initiatives and program administration; and raising funds to assist families with adoption costs. All families who adopt through the African-American program are invited to participate.
AAPAC members meet monthly in the evenings via teleconference and quarterly at one another’s homes to conduct business and plan activities. They also get together regularly to enjoy family activities ranging from apple picking and pool parties to outing at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. One of the unforeseen and extremely positive outcomes has been the close ties formed by members and by their children. At first, the children reacted with surprise at meeting other African-American adopted children. Now, members share many accounts of how their children have benefited from knowing other adopted children, parents and regularly being part of the majority.
Family Day, first hosted by AAPAC in 1991, is an annual summer gathering for adoptive families. Filled with entertainment, games and plenty of food, the event draws a large group of adults and children (infants to teenagers), where new and experienced adoptive families alike have an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. The sense of community that prevails in this African-American adoption program is strong and unique.