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Waiting FamiliesOur waiting families come from all walks of life and want to adopt for many different reasons. What they have in common is a deep desire to share their love with a child. These are some of the waiting families who have completed the home study process at Spence-Chapin and are ready to adopt. If you want to learn more about one of these families, please call 1-800-321-5683 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex & Catherine
We are Catherine and Alex, and we first met on a ski trip in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Who would have thought that someone would have to travel 2,000 miles away from home in order to meet the love of their life, only to discover that back home, we lived a mere 10 miles apart. We have been married for over 3 years and we are thankful every day that we both made that journey out west.
Amanda and Erik
Our names are Erik and Amanda. We have a 3-year-old son named Carlisle who was adopted with the help of Spence Chapin in 2010. We all share a very loving home and enjoy spending time with one another.Read More
Amy and Doug
Amy and Doug met on the dance floor of a wedding more than 13 years ago. We danced and laughed and fell in love immediately that night. And we’ve been dancing and laughing and falling in love a little more every single day since then. Now we’ve been married for 10 wonderful years and have a 5 year old son, Henry. Read More
Chris and Erica
What seems like such a simple task, putting pen to paper, has never taken on a more important meaning for us ….the potential of a family of our own. While we will never fully understand what you are going through, we certainly appreciate and respect your strength as you read this letter.
Claire, Benoit, & Basile
Thank you so much for taking some time to read our letter. We imagine you are facing one of the most difficult time in your life, deciding what is best for you and your baby. Through this letter, we will try to give you the best possible description of who we are as parents and as a family so you can picture ourselves right. English Español
Colleen & Novel
Hello, Thank you for taking a look at our profile. We understand that if you are reading this, you are going through an important time in your life. Take a look at the following paragraphs to get a little bit of info about who we are and see if you think you might like to meet us and learn more.
Dalila and Tony
We are Dalila and Tony and we would like to thank you for reading our letter. We know that this is a very challenging time for you as you are making the decision for the future of your child. We wish you lots of strength as you continue on your journey and know that whichever path you decide to take it will be a decision based on the deep love that you have for your child. We came to Spence Chapin four years ago to start our family. We always knew that adoption would be the way we would start our family. English Español
Dario, Maria, and Sofia
We are María, Darío and Sofía. María and Darío were born in Argentina and moved to United States in the late 90’s to continue with their education. Our sweetheart Sofía was born in March 2003 and looks forward to becoming a big sister. We have a loving and happy family filled with laughter, activities and creativity. We dream about expanding our family and wish to adopt a baby. English Español
Eli and Donna
We have been married for 12 years and are blessed to have two wonderful sons together, Ethan (age 7) and Donovan (age 10), and a son from Eli’s first marriage, Joshua (who is 23 and lives in Texas). Coming from large extended families and Donna having an uncle who is adopted, we are excited to expand our family through adoption. With a lot of love to share, we are so looking forward to becoming parents again! Our sons have been asking for a little sister or brother and we know they will love your baby as they love each other. English Español
Elizabeth and Harry
Our names are Liz and Harry, and we have a son, Taemin, whom we adopted in 2010 from South Korea through Spence-Chapin. Taemin is 2 ½ years old now and has brought great sense of joy and satisfaction to our lives. He is a smart, adventurous and energetic little boy who is very affectionate. He loves to sing and dance and play with his cousins, and is always ready to cuddle up with us on the couch while we watch his favorite movies. He loves his play time at the Little Gym and in January he will start going to school for a few hours a week. We have always known we wanted to have more children so we are hoping to adopt a second child to extend our family. English Español
My name is Heather and I am truly looking forward to starting a family through adoption. My heart has always been open to loving a child of my own. I have been blessed to work with special education preschool children for the past twenty years. My passion for teaching and learning has helped me appreciate every day. I have a positive outlook on life and see the glass as half full. My students have taught me how important it is to laugh, make friends, overcome obstacles and be true to yourself Read More
Jason and Tina
We’re Tina and Jason! Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and letting us introduce ourselves to you. We hope that after reading this you will consider us in your important search for a loving family. Read More
Jeff and Patricia
We are so excited that the dream of becoming parents could be a reality for us through adoption. We met by chance in a restaurant. We were both waiting for friends that were running late. A few days later we had our first official date and we have been together ever since. We are grateful that we found each other and that we have been able to build a fun, loving relationship. We decided to start a family, but unable to do so, we plan to move forward, with hope and great expectations we want to adopt a child.Read More
Jennifer and Isabelle
Hello! We are Jennifer and Isabelle. We would like to thank you for taking the time to read our profile and considering us as potential adoptive parents for your baby. We admire your courage in considering making an adoption plan for your baby. We recognize that your decision is being made out of pure love for your child and we want you to know that our decision to adopt is also being made with great love.English Español
Jorg and Stacey
We have been together for almost six years, and we have a life together that is filled with family, travel, interesting work and love. Stacey was born in the Bronx and is of Caribbean-American descent, from a large family with four brothers, two sisters and 11 nieces and nephews. We love spending holidays together, enjoying our mother’s home cooking and catching up with the siblings, nieces and nephews that are spread across the country. Jorg was born in Germany and is from a small, close-knit family, and has an extended family of cousins and very close friends. We also have a pretty cat named Nikolai, and a funny, super-affectionate dog named Bella. Read More
Kelly and Neil
We are Kelly and Neil, and we’ve been best friends since we met in photography school in 2004, together as a couple since 2005, and married since 2008. Kelly is a photographer and Neil works as a photo editor at a magazine. Kelly is warm and kind, has a lively and spontaneous personality, and is also extremely practical and organized. Neil is calm, thoughtful, and patient, and also has a great sense of humor. We love being married to one another — we support each other, complement each other’s strengths, and feel lucky to have found one another and made a life together. English Español
Les and Simi
We have been together for seven years. We met each other when neither one of us was looking to find “the one”. We were simply young people in our 20’s that were enjoying our lives. After initially exchanging phone numbers that summer, it would take several non-returned phone calls, a couple of random bump-ins, and most importantly a mutual friend to convince us that maybe we should try a first date. As our legend has it, we would go on our first date that following winter and have an amazing time. Three years later, we got married in Jamaica and would start working toward our next step. Read More
Leslie and Anthony
Our names are Leslie and Anthony, and we have been married for 12 years. We have been trying to start a family together and have turned to adoption to make that happen. Read More
Lisa and Joe
Our names are Joe & Lisa and we have been very happily married for five years. Although we have been unable to have children physically, we are dreaming of the day that we will be able to share all our love and adventures with a child. We want to thank you for potentially considering us in your child’s adoption plan. Although we can’t imagine the level of emotion and energy it takes to make a decision like this, we truly hope that we can offer you and those supporting you in this time a wonderful option. Read More
Lisa and Laurent
We are Lisa and Laurent and we have been a very happily married couple for over four years. We met online but have since lived a grounded, real and loving life. We both come from deeply loving families and want to share that love by creating a family through adoption. If you are reading this note, you are in the middle of one of the most difficult decisions of your life. We want you to know that if you were to choose us we would ensure your child would know you and he or she would be loved unconditionally by us.
Luis and Carolina
We are Luis and Carolina. We have been together since 1994 and married since 1999. We grew up in Venezuela, and through a scholarship program we ended up attending the same college in the US. We met on our first day of school and soon became best friends. We started dating three years later and have been inseparable ever since. One of our favorite activities is to travel. We believe exposure to new places and cultures stimulates your curiosity, sense of adventure and creativity. Most importantly, gaining an understanding of other cultures promotesself-exploration and helps you grow as a person. In addition, we enjoy spending time in nature, taking long walks, watching movies, visiting art museums and spending time with friends and family. We also share a deep love for animals and enjoy visiting zoos, aquariums and caring for our pets. Besides these activities, Luis also enjoys listening to music, learning about wines and art history. Carolina is an avid reader, loves to cook and enjoys indoor gardening. I (Carolina) would describe Luis as generous, loving, smart and hard working. I (Luis) would describe Carolina as intelligent, funny, loving, tenacious and curious. English Español
Mario and Maria
Maria is a Professor at New York University, and she will take a semester off to care for the new baby. Mario is a freelance Spanish interpreter, and he is usually hired on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis, so he can take time off to care for the baby, as well, for as long as necessary. After we return to work, our babysitter Carmelina, will take care of the baby. Carmelina is from Guatemala and she has been with us since Sebastian was a year old. Sebastian and Sabrina adore her, and we trust her one hundred percent.
Retha and Jen
We are a married same-sex couple that has been together for over ten years in a relationship that is solid, supportive and loving. We enjoy time together, supporting each other as individuals and as a couple. Our role as parents has strengthened our commitment to each other and we've always planned to grow our family through adoption.
Rich and Jess
We are Rich and Jess and we want to thank for taking the time to consider adoption. We wish you strength, peace and love on this journey.Read More
Robbi & Ray
We are Robbi & Ray, a married couple living in New York City, and appreciate the time you are taking to learn more about our family.
Roger & Vanessa
We are Vanessa and Roger, two genuinely loving, nurturing and kind people who are hoping and praying to adopt a child. We have been married for four years and have a very happy and blessed life, surrounded by tons of family and friends. We spend a lot of time doing fun activities with our nieces and nephews and godchildren. If you look at our photo album, you will see what we mean, and you will get an accurate idea of what our life is like - as photos can speak much louder than words.
Rolando, Dawn and Hope
We realize that your decision is a difficult one. We hope that you can take some comfort in knowing that we will love, protect and cherish your baby just as we have cherished our time with Hope. Hope is reading and writing and enjoying life and she is looking forward to being a big sister. English Español
Ron and Christine
We are Ron and Christine. We started on our journey to adopt a child about a year ago after we lost our second baby in the fifth month of our pregnancy. Our doctor informed us that we were no longer able to give birth to a child of our own. Adoption and Surrogacy were now our only choices to bring a child into our family. Read More
Sandy and Geoff
Sarah and Francesca
Seth and Jacob
Our names are Seth and Jacob. We have been a couple for over 16 years. We met through a mutual friend at a concert on Long Island in 1997. It was really cold that day and we had to wait outside before the doors to the concert opened. Jacob wasn’t wearing socks so he had to put his gloves on his feet. Seth thought this was really funny, and we talked for the rest of the night. After that, we knew that this could be a special relationship, and we have been together ever since. We always wanted to adopt together, and after we were legally married in 2009, we started thinking seriously about creating a family and welcoming a child into our home. English Español
Sharon, Eugene & Alex
Steven and Shelly
Teodoro and Antonio
It is hard for us to express all the joy and the emotions we feel while writing this letter. It represents a step forward in our relationship, because we have grown and loved together to the point that we are now ready to have a child and start a family. Ready to do everything we can to make our child feel loved, protected and happy. English Español
Tim and Tom
We’re very grateful that you’re considering creating an adoption plan for your child. We know choosing the right family is an important and difficult decision; hopefully, we’ll be able to give you some sense of what your child’s life with us would look like. Read More
Veronique & Cedric
Vincent and Daisy
When we realized we would not be able to have children of our own, we learned about open adoption. We embraced this concept because we feel that it is important for the child to have a strong sense of identity, by knowing his or her roots. We want our child to grow up to be strong and confident, secure in the knowledge that he or she will always be loved. English Español
Ziki and Fred
We met eight years ago in Brooklyn and on one of our very first dates we expressed to each other how much we wanted to raise children one day and how important it was for us to have a family. This desire was one of the things that drew us to each other and now keeps our bond strong. We have been inseparable from the beginning! It didn't take long for us to realize that we wanted to spend our lives together, and last year, we got married surrounded by our friends and family. English Español