For More InformationPlease contact Gladys Ramos at 212-360-0259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
My only regret is that I did not contact the agency sooner. I wouldn’t have been alone so long. I found the post-adoption staff at Spence-Chapin to be open and non-judgmental. A Birth Mother
Counseling and Support
Individual and Family Counseling”How can I tell my sons that they have an older brother whom I placed for adoption years ago? I don’t know where to begin.”
“I’ve found my birth mother and we are planning to meet. I think I need to talk this through first, but who understands?”
“I just turned 13 and I am so confused. I don’t know where I belong.”
Spence-Chapin’s counseling team can help with a range of adoption and parenting-related questions and concerns. Contact ARC at 212.360.0259 or email@example.com to learn more and make an appointment.
Support GroupsSpence-Chapin hosts a variety of support groups, led by staff social workers. These groups offer birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees a community where participants share their feelings and concerns about a range of issues in a supportive and empathetic environment. Contact Jennie Dunn, LMSW, at 212.360.0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adoptive Parents of Teens
Teenagers often exhibit unexpected emotions and behaviors as they question their identity, choices and values. Adoption adds a layer of complexity at this time as teens prepare to separate and individuate from two sets of parents, one of which is often unknown. This can really be a challenging time for the whole family. This group will offer practical advice and support to help adoptive parents' better understand their teen's changing needs.
Teenagers often exhibit unexpected emotions and behaviors as they question their identity, choices and values. Adoption adds a layer of complexity at this time as teens prepare to separate and individuate from two sets of parents, one of which is often unknown. Kids meet to share with peers while parents with other adoptive parents.
Adoptive Parents Support Group
Adoptive parents are faced with unique parenting issues. This group is open to parents with children under 13 years of age.
LGBT Adoptive Parents
Like adoptive families headed by heterosexual parents, gay parents and their children have conversations about the validity of their family, and how to deal with prejudice and questions. Same-sex couples have the added complexity that cross-gender parenting can bring. This group will offer practical advice and support for gay parents raising adopted children.
Adult Adoptee Support Groups
Spence-Chapin conducts an ongoing support group for adult adoptees. Members explore adoption-related issues of mutual concern.
Birth Parent Support Group
The purpose of this group is to create a community for birth mothers to discuss issues relevant to their experience.
Adoptive Parents' Group, Long Island
After six years of running an Adoptive Parents' Group in our New York offices, Spence-Chapin is now offering an Adoptive Parents' Group at its Hauppauge office, on Long Island. Come share the joys and challenges of raising your adoptive child, learn more about attachment, how to talk to your child about their birth story, and new, effective parenting tools and strategies.