More Information for A Loving Home: Adoption at Spence-Chapin

   A Loving Home: Adoption at Spence-Chapin
196 Speedwell Avenue, 3rd Floor
Morristown, NJ

Adoption Programs

FOR OVER 100 YEARS, SPENCE-CHAPIN HAS BEEN committed to the idea that all children deserve a permanent home. In that time, we have placed over 20,000 children with loving families.

The decision to adopt is highly personal. It represents a large commitment of time, energy and finances.

Spence-Chapin’s team of professional, experienced social workers recognize the challenges of this undertaking and will be there for you to provide guidance, education and emotional support throughout the process. We can demystify the process, work with you at whatever pace you would like, and insure the highest standards of ethical practice.

Domestic Adoption



goes back to the early 1900s when the independent Spence and Chapin nurseries began placing orphaned infants with permanent families. With a century’s worth of experience, Spence-Chapin provides the comfort and expertise that prospective adoptive parents appreciate. Throughout our history, Spence-Chapin has been a progressive advocate on behalf of all children. Our African-American adoption program, started in the 1940s, is one of the most respected programs of its kind. Check out information about our adoption programs by viewing our downloadable Adoption Program Chart which identifies each program's particulars in summary.

Today, Spence-Chapin works with prospective adoptive couples and singles from many different backgrounds. The babies we place reflect the diversity of the adoptive families we work with, and of the New York community at large. Increasingly, our adoptive parents realize the value of maintaining some degree of regular communication with their child’s birth parents. It is our belief that open adoption is deeply beneficial to all parties: birth parents, adoptive parents and the adopted child.
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Currently, our domestic adoption program is over capacity, with a large number of families ready for a placement and waiting for a match, and a large number of families who are on a wait-list to begin their home study process.

For families who are interested in working with an attorney for a private domestic adoption we are able to assist your process with our high-quality parent preparation and home study services offered through our Partnership Program. If choosing an attorney, we recommend starting your search through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (

For families who might like to consider International Adoption, we welcome you to register for any upcoming information meeting or contact us for more information.


Participation in Spence-Chapin's Domestic Adoption program starts with attendance at an information meeting. Currently, because we are over capacity in our domestic adoption program, we are not offering information meetings.

Adoption Partnership

The Spence-Chapin Adoption Partnership is a program for families wanting to take advantage of Spence-Chapin's services while also working with additional adoption service providers, i.e. adoption attorney or agency. The Adoption Partnership offers a selection of pre- and post-adoption services to parents who are adopting domestically and internationally including home study, post-placement services, and expectant parent counseling. This program allows families to benefit from our extensive adoption expertise.

Service Options

Spence-Chapin’s Adoption Partnership team provides a range of services to New York and New Jersey families.

Options for families adopting domestically include:

  • Home study services
  • Expectant parent counseling
  • Adoption Counseling
  • Interim care for infants
  • Child placement services
  • Post-placement supervision

Options for families adopting internationally include:

  • Home study and parent preparation services
  • Adoption counseling
  • Post Adoption Reporting

Your family can receive counseling at any stage of the adoption process with one of the Spence-Chapin clinical social workers. Often families seek Spence-Chapin’s support prior to beginning the adoption process to explore their family’s expectations about becoming an adoptive family.



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