November is National Adoption Month and we are celebrating all month long! This is a special time to commemorate all the members of the adoption triad and their unique journeys. For those of you connected to adoption, we thank you for allowing us to be a part of YOUR family. If you are just getting started with your adoption journey, we invite you to join in our community and learn more about the joys of building a family through adoption…the Spence-Chapin Way. 


Spence-Chapin Families

Take a look at some of the beautiful families created through adoption.


Our Favorite Adoption Blog Posts

A Century of Service


Spence-Chapin's roots can be traced to the early 1900s and the pioneering work of Clara Spence and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin. To celebrate our 100+ years of service, we are collecting stories from the Spence-Chapin community and we want to hear from you! Please consider sharing a favorite family photo or a personal statement about what Spence-Chapin means to you.

Adoption Videos

Listen to Dana, a mentor with Spence-Chapin's Adoption Mentorship Program talk about how the Adoption Mentorship Program helps adoptees form peer relationships with other adopted youth and adult mentors while forming an inclusive adoption community that can carry them through their teen years and beyond.

Spence-Chapin has a proud history of building families with partnered same-sex couples and LGBT singles. We are fully committed to equality in adoption and are proud of the many children we have placed in loving, stable, same-sex households.

For over 100 years, Spence-Chapin has helped create families for thousands of children.

Meet Christine and Ricardo's family!

Adoption Month Calendar

Join us for an event this November to celebrate National Adoption Month!

How to Take Part in National Adoption Month

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November 1
Special Screening of Paramount Pictures “Instant Family” with a post-screening discussion about Foster Care and Adoption feature Spence Chapin’s own MarK Lacava and Katie Rogala.

November 14
Cocktails & Conversation: an evening of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at NYC’s renowned Upper West Side establishment, Prohibition.

November 18
Look for Spence-Chapin at the Adoptive Parent’s Committee Annual Conference

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Start a Facebook Fundraiser

Help raise funds during National Adoption Month by creating your own Spence-Chapin Facebook fundraiser. It's a fun and easy way to show your support! See link below for a step-by-step guide.


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Adoption Glossary

A few words used in the world of Adoption

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A person who was adopted. Some people prefer the terms “adopted child” or “adopted person.” Adoption plan. Birth parents’ decision to allow their child to be placed for adoption.

Adoption "triangle" (or adoption "triad")

An expression used to describe the three-sided inter-relationships among adopted children, their birth parents, and their adoptive parents.

Birth Parent

A child’s biological parent who has signed a consent to adoption.


A process through which a person can receive assistance in sorting out issues and reaching decisions appropriate to their life circumstances. Counseling for adoption should be done by trained, experienced, adoption counselors. Spence-Chapin offers birthparent counseling that involves exploration of all options, including parenting the child, abortion and adoption.

Home Study

A study of the prospective adoptive family and their home, life experiences, health, lifestyle, extended family, attitudes, support system, values, beliefs, and other factors relating to the prospective adoption.

Interim Care

Offered exclusively by Spence-Chapin, we understand that women and their partners need time and space to make a decision about the future of their family, especially after the recent birth of a child. Placing their newborn in Interim Care allows biological parents to continue counseling to fully explore their options while knowing their baby is being cared for by a nurturing caregiver in a loving home.

Open Adoption

An adoption that involves some amount of initial and/or ongoing contact between birth and adoptive families, ranging from sending letters through the agency to exchanging names and/or scheduling visits.

Waiting Child

A child currently available for adoption. Waiting children may be in the U.S. foster care system, might be older, or may include children with special needs.

National Adoption Month Promotions


Planning to submit an application to begin your International Adoption Journey? Apply for FREE during National Adoption Month, November 1 - November 30.

$100 value

Counseling discount

Register for one coaching session during the month of November and get another one FREE if redeemed by January 31, 2019. (Maximum 1 per family).

$150 value