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Gay and Lesbian Couples and Singles Adopting



Spence-Chapin has a proud history of building families with partnered same-sex couples and LGBT singles. Every year the number of LGBT families working with Spence-Chapin continues to grow. We promote equal opportunity for all clients by complying with local, state and federal laws and regulations and do not exclude, deny applicants, or otherwise discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Our policies and practices are intended to ensure that all clients are treated equally.

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.

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About International LGBT Adoption

While 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.

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:
  • Prospective adoptive parents who are applying to adopt an at-risk child, specifically related to alcohol or drug exposure;
  • Prospective adoptive parents who are applying to adopt an at-risk child, specifically related to mental health concerns;
  • African-American or multi-racial African-American prospective adoptive parents.

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Upcoming Meetings

12/8 Adoption Information Meeting Monday, December 8, 2014 Adoption Information Meeting|Online| 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Frequently Asked Questions on LGBT Adoption


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.

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.

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.

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.

 
LGBT Families
In Their Own Words
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  • We knew we wanted to have children but we weren't sure how we were going to create a family, and we weren't sure whether other people—social workers, agency staff, birth parents, strangers on the street—would look at us and see not just two men, but two dads.

  • Our experience with Spence-Chapin from day one has been that the agency and everyone in it is interested in helping build families, and understands that there are all different kinds of families: with moms and dads, two moms or two dads, and of course single parents.

  • The days we met our two sons were the two happiest days of our lives. But adoption isn't a one day deal; it's a lifelong process, and we're both happy to know that Spence-Chapin will be there for us throughout that journey.

  • We knew we wanted to have children but we weren't sure how we were going to create a family, and we weren't sure whether other people—social workers, agency staff, birth parents, strangers on the street—would look at us and see not just two men, but two dads.

  • Our experience with Spence-Chapin from day one has been that the agency and everyone in it is interested in helping build families, and understands that there are all different kinds of families: with moms and dads, two moms or two dads, and of course single parents.

  • The days we met our two sons were the two happiest days of our lives. But adoption isn't a one day deal; it's a lifelong process, and we're both happy to know that Spence-Chapin will be there for us throughout that journey.