As we celebrate National Women's History Month, we can think of no better way to acknowledge the women who shaped social justice than to honor our own founder and adoption advocate Clara Spence.
The Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin is excited to announce that we will no longer charge fees for personal adoption histories or support for first/birth and adoptive families in open adoptions wanting to re-connect. This recent change aligns with our belief that all members of the adoption community should have the right to obtain their information and history with as few barriers as possible.
Of course, this is one small piece in a larger issue of providing access to birth records and identifying birth family information for adoptees who would like to search. Spence-Chapin continues to advocate for a change in adoption laws to allow adoptees to have access to identifying information including their original birth certificates and identities of their birthparents.
I just want to thank you, actually I don't think a million thank you's would be enough. I will never forget your kindness, your compassion and your willingness and patience during the times we have spoken and for what I am and have been going through as an adoptee. The wonderful people at Spence-Chapin will change me forever and again I can't thank you enough for that. Thank you. - Adoptee
Last January we joined the New York Statewide Adoption Reform's Unsealed Initiative in the hearing on on Bill of Adoptee Rights. You can read about that experience on our blog post: Spence-Chapin supports the Bill of Adoptee Rights and watch our testimony on our Youtube page.
You can learn more about how you can get involved and help advocate on behalf of NYS adoptees by visiting the New York Statewide Adoption Reform's site.
The Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin provides personal adoption histories (non-identifying information) for agencies whose records we hold: Spence-Chapin, Louise Wise, and Talbot Perkins. We also provide search and reunion guidance, support, and counseling for all members of the adoption community. Give us a call to learn more - 646-539-2167.
Check out our upcoming events for the adoption community and register today.
The New York State Adoption Subsidy is designed to help adoptive families parent and finalize the adoption of children with special needs.
New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children's petition "Governor Andrew Cuomo: NYS Should Fund Statewide Post Adoption Services".