Spence-Chapin's international adoption programs are in Bulgaria, Colombia and South Africa.
We are a Hague accredited organization with over 40 years of international adoption experience. We have made it our mission to find families for the children who are in need of adoption.
We advocate for children waiting for adoption as we support and guide families through the adoption process. We strive to reduce barriers to adoption and that’s why Spence-Chapin advocates fiercely for all types of parents to be eligible to adopt, sets our Professional Service fees lower than average adoption costs, and provides financial resources whenever possible. All families adopting through Spence-Chapin have access to the Adoption Finance Coach, a private coach who offers adoptive families the tools they need to create a customized financial plan to fund their adoption. Our goal is to find adoptive families for children in need and to prepare, support, and guide that family for their lifetime.
Spence-Chapin does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, genetics, genetic predisposition or carrier status, HIV status, marital or partnership status, familial or caregiver status, or any other legally protected status.
On February 1, 2018, the US Department of State and the new Accrediting Entity, IAAME, notified Spence-Chapin of its Monitoring and Oversight fees that will apply to all international adoption cases and to all agencies in the United States who are Hague Accredited. IAAME will collect from Spence-Chapin a $500 fee for each application accepted and approved by Spence-Chapin and will require regular and ongoing reporting on all new cases. As such, effective June 1, 2018, any newly accepted applicants will be required to pay a Monitoring and Oversight fee of $500 in addition to all other program fees. Signing of the Adoption Agreement constitutes acceptance into the program. The Monitoring and Oversight fee is a one-time, mandatory fee for all approved applicants and it is non-refundable. This fee applies to all full-service clients applying to our Bulgaria, Colombia, or South Africa programs, whether local or networking.
IAAME is also requiring an additional $500 payment per child if and when a client family accepts a referral of more than one child. In its efforts to remain child-focused and reduce barriers to international adoption, Spence-Chapin is committed to absorbing the cost of any additional “per child” costs after the initial monitoring fee has been paid.
Spence-Chapin provides Hague international home studies for NY/NJ families working with agencies throughout the country and adopting from many countries around the world, including South Korea, Jamaica, China, Ethiopia, India, Haiti, the Philippines, and Taiwan, and many more. Our home studies meet the highest legal regulations set for international adoption. We provide you the expertise, professionalism, and the support of an entire adoption team. READ MORE
We offer emotional support throughout the adoption process! Coaching sessions are available for anyone before or during their adoption process. A coaching session is an opportunity for you to speak one-on-one with one of our skilled social workers in our office or on the phone. Families come in to discuss a variety of topics, including: is adoption the right choice for my family, preparing to adopt a child of a different race, emotional support during the wait, and helping spouses who aren’t on the same page about adoption decisions.