Our mission is driven by the simple belief that every child deserves a family.

The Mission Statement:
Spence-Chapin has been offering exceptional adoption services for over 100 years. Our mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances, and provide counseling and support for all children and the families to whom they have been born or entrusted.

Spence-Chapin focuses on finding adoptive homes for children who need families; promoting the understanding of adoption through counseling and public education; and improving adoption's image and practice. We help each family member navigate their individual adoption stories with clarity and confidence. Spence-Chapin's roots can be traced to the early 1900s and the pioneering work of Clara Spence, and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin, who independently established nurseries out of concern for homeless infants abandoned in hospitals and shelters.

Today, Spence-Chapin is proud of our role as a prominent voice and leading advocate for adoption, and of our commitment to the wellbeing of all members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive parents, and their children.

Most recent audited financial statement and most recent form 990.

Core Areas of Work


Adoption &  Permanency Services

Find loving parents for children in need of adoption, and guide parents through every step of the adoption process.

Find loving parents for the children in the greatest need of adoption - school-age children, sibling groups, and children with special needs in Bulgaria, Colombia, and South Africa, and guide parents through the adoption process.

Find loving parents for children with special needs in need of adoption, and guide parents through the adoption process.


Emotional Health & Wellness

Help children living in foster care through pre and post adoption services.

Ensure children living in long-term facilities without frequent visitors maintain a 1:1 relationship with a devoted caregiver.

Provide options counseling and support to empower women in crisis situations to plan for and attain permanency for their children.

Help pre and post adoptive families with attachment, communication and building a sense of community.

Spence-Chapin promotes equal opportunity for all clients by complying with local, state and federal laws and regulations. We do not exclude, deny applicants, or otherwise discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military device obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, sate or local laws. Our policies and practices are intended to ensure that all clients are treated equally.