For over 100 years, Spence Chapin has been finding permanent loving homes for children who need them in the New York City Metro area.

Our experienced staff will guide you through the adoption process with the support you need as you grow your family through adoption. Spence-Chapin has supported thousands of families adopting domestically and we have the expertise to work with your family.


Home Study

All families adopting will need to complete a home study. Our team has the expertise and accreditation to work with your family. We offer flexible appointment times and customized adoption preparation.

Pre-adoption coaching

Available for anyone before or during their adoption process, this is an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a skilled social worker about the nuances of adoption. Common topics include: is adoption the right choice for my family, preparing for an open adoption, adopting a child of a different race, emotional support during the wait, helping spouses who aren’t on the same page about adoption decisions, and speaking with potential birth parents.

Domestic Adoption Program

For over 100 years, Spence-Chapin has been finding loving adoptive parents for children in need of adoption in New York & New Jersey. The babies in need of adoption reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the birth families we serve in New York City metro area. Children in need of adoption often have risks and unknowns in their medical history.



We provide birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees a supportive community and a connection to professionals who understand the unique aspects of adoption.

  • Monthly community events

  • Tween & Teen Mentorship Program

  • Counseling & Family Support

  • And more! Email Us

Who can adopt domestically?

  • Most United States legal residents who are in good physical, mental, and emotional health

  • Single persons, married & unmarried couples, herterosexual, and LGBTQ persons

  • People of many ages, including in their 20s and over age 50

Spence-Chapin’s Domestic Adoption Program

How do I apply?

The first step is to attend an upcoming domestic adoption webinar. Our staff will share details about domestic adoption at Spence-Chapin – who the children are in need of adoption, the matching process, options counseling and support for biological parents, open adoption, steps in the adoption process, and more. All webinar attendees will receive the adoption application.        

How long will I wait to be matched with a child?

Families wait an average of 24 months after completing their home study.

What adoption expenses should I be prepared for?

In addition to the application cost, the professional service fee for the domestic adoption program is $41,000. Join our next domestic adoption webinar to learn more or call us today about adoption expenses.

Read more domestic adoption FAQs on our blog

Email our team to receive information about: common medical risks, open adoption, additional resources, who are birth parents,  and upcoming events.