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 provide adoption and adoption-related services of the highest quality. The organization 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.

We are growing the pool of willing adoptive parents by lowering the financial barriers to adoption.  We are educating these families as they consider adoption and we’re reducing their fears that can overwhelm the process. Through our Modern Family Center we are helping each family member navigate their individual adoption stories with clarity and confidence.  Our mission is driven by the simple belief that every child deserves a family.

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. The Spence and Chapin nurseries each broke new ground in developing social work techniques for adoption and, after the merger, continued to pioneer in the adoption field.

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

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.