adoption from Colombia

Search & Reunion: Where to Begin

  Pamela Slaton

Name: Pamela Slaton Pamela Slaton is a Genealogist and Private Investigator in the State of New Jersey whose business mainly focuses on locating birth families. She is also a Spence-Chapin adoptee. Her area of expertise lies in having the ability to combine historical records with contemporary data.

 

 

 

Jessica

Name: Jessica Luciere

Jessica Luciere is an international adoptee who decided early in her life that she wanted to search for her birth family. She contacted a private investigator in Colombia when she was 23 years old after going through various avenues in New York, and he was able to find her birth mother with the information she had through her birth papers. Her family was found within a week. Jessica has visited her birth family many times in Colombia and maintains a very open relationship with them.

Mark Lacava

Name: Mark Lacava

Mark Lacava is the Director of Clinical Services in the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin. He works with all members of the adoption community and has experience working with individuals embarking on the search and reunion process. He received his Masters of Social Work from Columbia University and a Foundations of Family Therapy Certificate from the Post-Graduate Program at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. He has been a clinician working with children and families for over 20 years.

Meet the Mentors!

Our Modern Family Center mentors - trained volunteers - are adoptees who are passionate supporting young adoptees.

Spence-Chapin presents child welfare training to ICBF and Colombian child advocates.

Spence-Chapin presents child welfare training to Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF) and Colombian child advocates.

Colombia Program Update - February 2012

Colombia.jpg

We're happy to report that we have a number of families in the adoption process for Colombia,  showing a steady growth of interest for this country program. We continue to be committed to permanency options for older children in Colombia.  Spence-Chapin is looking for families who would welcome parenting a child or children 8 and older. If you would like to explore this option, please contact us at 212-400-8150.

Cultural Events

On February 11th, Gramercy Arts Theater presents Cronica De Una Muerte Anunciada with live English translation.  Set against the backdrop of a small Colombian town and explores the chain of events, false accusations, petty errors and biases that lead to the unnecessary death of a young man.  Visit www.repertorio.org  for more details.