SPENCE-CHAPIN IS A licensed and ACCREDITED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION that has been offering quality adoption services for more than 100 years.

Our mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances, and provide counseling and support for all children and the families to whom they have been born or entrusted. Our mission is driven by the simple belief that every child deserves a family.

Spence-Chapin focuses on finding adoptive homes for children who need families; promoting the understanding of adoption through counseling and public education; and improving adoption's image and practice. Through our Modern Family Center we are helping each family member navigate their individual adoption stories with clarity and confidence. Spence-Chapin's roots can be traced to the early 1900s and the pioneering work of Clara Spence, and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin, who independently established nurseries out of concern for homeless infants abandoned in hospitals and shelters.

Today, Spence-Chapin is proud of our role as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption, and of our commitment to the wellbeing of all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children.

Core Areas of Work

Mental & Emotional Health Programs

Help children living in foster care through pre and post adoption services.

Ensure children living in long-term facilities without frequent visitors maintain a 1:1 relationship with a devoted caregiver.

Provide options counseling and support to empower women in crisis situations to plan for and attain permanency for their children.

Help pre and post adoptive families with attachment, communication and building a sense of community.

Adoption &  Permanency Services

Find loving parents for children in need of adoption, and guide parents through every step of the adoption process.

Find loving parents for the children in the greatest need of adoption - school-age children, sibling groups, and children with special needs in Bulgaria, Colombia, and South Africa, and guide parents through the adoption process.

Find loving parents for children with special needs in need of adoption, and guide parents through the adoption process.

Spence-Chapin Board Members


Ms. Samantha Chadwick, Board President
Former Consultant, International Retailing

Ms. Andrea Compton, Vice President
Former Senior Underwriter /Vice President

Mr. Gerald M. Lodge, Vice President
Vice Chairman of Investment Banking
Credit Suisse

Mr. Jack Z. Rabinowitz, Treasurer
Principal, Rabinowitz-Carlsen Foundation Inc.

Ms. Lisa Venezia, Secretary
Production Manager, NYC Media
Mayor's Office of the City of New York


Ms. Cheryl A. Parham, Esq.
Associate General Counsel
Director, Regulatory & Compliance Law
New York - Presbyterian Hospital

Mr. Michael C. R. Rosen
Chief Operating Officer/
Director of Finance and Administration
Primary Care Development Corporation

Mr. Ian V. Rowe
Chief Executive Officer
Public Preparatory Network

Mr. Mitchell R. Semel
President, Semel Media

Ms. Bethany Sherman
Senior Managing Director, Teneo Holdings

Ms. Katharine H. Welling
Fund-Raiser, Non-Profit Recruiter

Mr. Michael Wise
Global Vice Chairman, Equity Capital Markets
Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Mr. Spencer Acker
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Healthy Ever Acker

Mr. Marshall Beil
Counsel, McGuireWoods LLP

Mr. William Egan
Managing Director
Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Ms. Jacqueline Giammarco
Senior Vice President
Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel
Stone Point Capital LLC

Ms. Christine M. Govan
First Vice President - Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services Inc.

Honorable Bryanne A. Hamill (retired)
Member, NYC Board of Correction

Mr. Robert W. Hong
Director, Ramirez & Co., Inc.

Ms. Glenna R. Michaels
Retired, Health Care Consultant


Mr. David A. Barrett
Partner, Boies, Schiler, & Flexner LLP

Mr. Adam Cotumaccio, Spence-Chapin President

Ms. Lynn C. Franklin
Literary Agent, Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd.

Mr. James Stevens, Advisory Member

Ms. Maud I. Welles, Advisory Member

Senior Staff

Linda Alexandre
Director, Domestic & Special Needs Adoption

Jennifer DeMeo
Director, Annual Giving

Ann Hassan
Director, International Adoption & Granny Programs

Mark Lacava
Director, Clinical Services

Jeorjie Ornstein
Director, Events

Suzanne Pisano
Director, Finance & Controller

Executive Team

Adam Cotumaccio

Caroline Gallagher
EVP, Chief Development Officer

Michele Giordano
EVP, Chief Program Officer

Kate Trambitskaya
EVP, General Counsel

Spence-Chapin promotes equal opportunity for all clients by complying with local, state and federal laws and regulations. We do not exclude, deny applicants, or otherwise discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military device obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, sate or local laws. Our policies and practices are intended to ensure that all clients are treated equally.