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Spence-Chapin has been a leader in African-American infant adoption since 1946.
Gay and Lesbian Couples and Singles Adopting
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 the organization has placed in loving, stable, same-sex households. Individuals and couples who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are valuable resources for the many children who are waiting for a family to call their own. If you are considering adoption, know that Spence-Chapin is committed to you, and will support you throughout this complex process and beyond.
About International LGBT AdoptionWhile Spence-Chapin values our LGBT families, international restrictions unfortunately prevent Spence-Chapin from placing children with a gay or lesbian person through our existing international programs. We continue to advocate and work on establishing international options.
About Domestic LGBT Adoption
Our Adoption Services offers a selection of pre- and post-adoption services to parents who are adopting including home study, post-placement services, and expectant parent counseling while still utilizing the services of an adoption attorney or out-of-state placing agency. Spence-Chapin works with and places children with regularity in all homes.
Currently, our domestic adoption program is at capacity with families ready for a placement/waiting for a match, and families waiting to begin their home study process. To ensure that we always have sufficient options for all expectant parents, and families for every child entrusted to our care, Spence-Chapin’s Finding Families for Children initiative welcomes:
Frequently Asked Questions on LGBT Adoption
Is the legal process different for LGBT adoption in the various states where Spence-Chapin is licensed?
The legal process for gay or lesbian persons in New York and New Jersey is the same as that of heterosexual persons. Courts, and agencies, cannot disapprove an adoption based on sexual orientation alone.
Will I have to wait longer than other prospective parents that want to adopt?
While we can recommend and refer families in the order that they have been waiting, the birthparent(s) select the adoptive parent(s) for their child. Our birthparent(s) represent a diverse population and have proven to be very open with respect to ethnicity, race, religion and sexual orientation. We have found that LGBT families are selected at an equal rate to heterosexual couples.
Have other LGBT families had successful adoptions through Spence-Chapin?
Absolutely! We have been serving the LGBT community for years and have helped bring together many families. We have had numerous success stories from families and individuals and continue to provide comprehensive services including support, training, and counseling to help families stay strong together.
Does Spence-Chapin provide help for raising a child in a LGBT home?
We offer a variety of resources, workshops, and counseling for individuals and families to help them cope with current issues and to prepare them for many common parenting issues that arise. Our counselors and support staff are always available to ensure that your questions are answered and to provide you with the support you need.