Post-Adoption Support

Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center provides birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees a supportive community and a connection to professionals who understand the unique aspects of adoption.


Emotional Support

Community Events

Birthland Trips

Community Education

Personal Adoption History

Interactive ADHD Training

Emotional Health & Wellness Services for Children and Adults

Our experienced staff of adult and child therapists help individuals, couples, and families navigate challenges, life transitions, relationships, parenting, anxiety, or depression. We offer counseling through our offices on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and Brooklyn, NYC. Our counseling services are offered on a sliding scale to adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Clinician, LMHC

Mark Lacava

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R

Beth Friedberg

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Christine Tangel

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

Our therapists offer culturally sensitive and LGBTQ-affirming care in Spanish and English; they are adoption competent to work with birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees.

We have received the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children – All Families Seal of Approval for our competency working with LGBTQ adults and children.

We specialize in: