Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children Opening First Arizona Office

PHOENIX, July 3, 2024 — Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, a New York-based organization that has been supporting and strengthening families for more than 110 years, has been granted a license by the state of Arizona to bring our services to the women, children, and families. The organization will begin serving Arizonans throughout the state, through its state headquarters […]

Women Supporting Women: Community in Conversation in Kingston

This past year, Spence-Chapin has hosted roundtable discussions in various regions across New York to spotlight organizations that support women and families. Each discussion has been different, as they reflect the unique needs of the women in each community, and the expertise of the thought leaders at each table. In honor of Women’s History Month, […]

One Year Later: A Bronx Perspective from a Bronx Native 

Written by Jennifer Montalvo, LMSW, Manager of Client and Community Engagement  The Bronx is a community that is diverse. It is filled with people from all around the world. The borough doesn’t have the glamour of Manhattan, or the beaches of Staten Island, but what it does have is a sense of community, and one […]

Choosing Adoption for Your Baby – Step-by-Step Process

Choosing adoption for your baby is an emotionally difficult decision, and one you do not have to make alone. You may have heard people refer to adoption as “giving your baby up” or “putting your baby up for adoption,” as if it were a simple thing you decide to do. We know it’s not. Adoption […]

Supporting Parents of Toddlers and Older Children through Options Counseling

Spence-Chapin is well-known as a trusted resource to help new and expectant parents across New York and New Jersey as they consider permanency options for their infants. But Spence-Chapin also has experience and expertise supporting parents of toddlers and older children, regardless of their developmental and medical needs, as they plan secure adoptions. This past […]

The Woman Who Experienced Both Sides of Open Adoption

Ereshnee grew up as an Indian woman in South Africa. After becoming pregnant at 17 years old, she decided to make an adoption plan. Her mother knew about her pregnancy but very few other relatives were aware. Her father was not told about the pregnancy. Ereshnee bonded closely with her social worker from the adoption […]

Birth Parent Support: The Spence-Chapin Way

by Leslie Nobel At Spence-Chapin, we view adoption as a lifelong journey that touches the lives of many individuals: birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents, as well as extended families. It is essential to approach every individual connected to adoption from a place of honesty, respect, and loving support. That is what we call The Spence-Chapin […]

Do you need a Doula?

Labor is a challenging, arduous, stressful experience. Having a labor expert to serve as your companion can relieve the stress. In other words, a doula.  What is a doula, and what do they do?  Doula is a Greek word meaning “a woman who serves”. Doulas provide emotional and physical support for pregnant women before, during, and after labor. While doulas […]

Interim Care During COVID-19

The role of an Interim Care Volunteer is not always an easy one, but they all agree that it is certainly rewarding. Spence-Chapin’s Interim Care Program provides a unique and important service to birth parents, offering them time and space to work with one of our social workers on a plan for the future while […]