Adoption Services Since 1908

Modern Family Center | Spence-Chapin Adoption Services
http://www.spence-chapin.org/post-adoption-services/c0_post_adoption_services.php
Mark & Carol Spence-Chapin provides services for parents of adopted children, tweens, teens, and children with special needs; adult, teen, tween, and child adoptees; families formed through adoption, and families brought together through remarriage - in short, YOU!

With offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, we offer consultations, counseling, support groups, referrals, programs for adoptive parents, kids and teens, and trainings for professionals. In addition, our social workers can prepare profiles for birth parents and background narratives for adoptees. Spence-Chapin is committed to being available to you at all points in your adoption journey.

If you are new to Spence-Chapin we welcome you to learn more about all that we have to offer and attend any of our workshops, support groups or other programs.

Click to email MFC or call 646-539-2167 to learn more.

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Adult Adoptees
In Their Own Words
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  • I think I’m fortunate that my parents made a conscious decision to adopt me. They wanted me. There’s never a moment or a doubt in my mind on that one single fact.

  • When I first came back to Spence-Chapin for information about my adoption, I was 35 years old, my wife was pregnant and I wanted to acquire medical history. This was my reintroduction to the Spence-Chapin community.

  • My social worker was attentive to my needs and provided so much more than I expected. I received a complete narrative about my birth parents and my earliest life. I was intrigued by all the information, and it started me on a journey.

  • I’m now in reunion with my birth mother. One of the first steps I took was to register for potential matches between birth parents and adopted children. There was a match. My birth mother was diligent about keeping her information current for 35 years and so we were able to reuinite.

  • I am a proud mentor in Spence-Chapin’s mentorship program. It’s a chance for young adoptees to get to spend time with adult adoptees. We go on trips, we have discussions--but mostly we enjoy being a community; we’re a group that allows each other to be ourselves.

  • I think I’m fortunate that my parents made a conscious decision to adopt me. They wanted me. There’s never a moment or a doubt in my mind on that one single fact.

  • When I first came back to Spence-Chapin for information about my adoption, I was 35 years old, my wife was pregnant and I wanted to acquire medical history. This was my reintroduction to the Spence-Chapin community.

  • My social worker was attentive to my needs and provided so much more than I expected. I received a complete narrative about my birth parents and my earliest life. I was intrigued by all the information, and it started me on a journey.

  • I’m now in reunion with my birth mother. One of the first steps I took was to register for potential matches between birth parents and adopted children. There was a match. My birth mother was diligent about keeping her information current for 35 years and so we were able to reuinite.

  • I am a proud mentor in Spence-Chapin’s mentorship program. It’s a chance for young adoptees to get to spend time with adult adoptees. We go on trips, we have discussions--but mostly we enjoy being a community; we’re a group that allows each other to be ourselves.

Stella Gilgur-Cook, Director Modern Family Center

Stella Gilgur-Cook

Director Modern Family Center

“Adoption is not a single event. It’s something that unfolds over a lifetime. The Modern Family Center is constantly evolving and I am proud to be part of a team that is innovative and responsive to the needs of the adoption community.”