Special Needs Adoption

In 1995 Spence-Chapin began our special needs adoption program to find adoptive families for medically fragile infants. We have found over 500 families for medically fragile children! This program serves children born in NY & NJ with significant medical needs. The children’s birth parents work with Spence-Chapin to make an adoption plan for their child. In order to reduce barriers to special needs adoption we eliminated our professional service fees. Families adopting through Spence-Chapin have free access to Your Adoption Finance Coach, which provides adoptive families with the tools they need to create a customized financial plan to fund their adoption.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand honored Spence-Chapin with an Angel in Adoption™ Award. 

The children are born in New York or New Jersey and are from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. All families living throughout the United States are welcome! Our adoption team has a long history of working with families living across the country.

Spence-Chapin is currently accepting applications from families who are open to adopting a child with significant medical needs. Families are encouraged to complete our free pre-application below to become registered.  Please send us a copy of your current home study (completed within the past 12 months), conducted by a licensed adoption agency. 


Fax: (888)-742-6126

Mail: Special Needs at Spence-Chapin, 410 East 92nd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10128