Trafficking over 100 years: Spence Chapin

About Spence-Chapin

SPENCE-CHAPIN IS AN ACCREDITED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION that has been offering quality adoption services for more than 100 years.

(Handled 18,000+ babies and began international adoption in 1991 – that’s a lot of money…even if they are a non-profit… Laramie)

Our mission is to provide adoption and adoption-related services of the highest quality. The organization 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.

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. The Spence and Chapin nurseries each broke new ground in developing social work techniques for adoption and, after the merger, continued to pioneer in the adoption field.

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

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 service obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.
Our policies and practices are intended to ensure that all clients are treated equally.

Spence-Chapin begins one of the country’s most respected African-American adoption programs. Throughout the 1950s, eminent women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Marian Anderson and Mrs. Jackie Robinson help promote Spence-Chapin’s outreach to African-American families.


Personal Adoption History

Spence-Chapin provides adoptees and birth parents with information provided in the adoption record until the time of finalization. Spence-Chapin is able to provide information for adoptions facilitated by Spence-Chapin, Louise Wise, and Talbot Perkins. Due to state restrictions, Spence-Chapin is unable to provide identifying information.

What kind of information can be provided?

  • Biological Background Narrative:
    An adoptee will receive a narrative which includes non-identifying information about their birth parents at the time that they were making an adoption plan. This may include medical or health information about the biological family, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and why the decision for adoption was made.
  • Adoptive Family Profile: A birth parent will receive a profile about the child’s early development as well as non-identifying information about the adoptive parents until the time the adoption was finalized.

New York State law prevents Spence-Chapin from providing original birth certificates or identifying information for birth parents or adoptive family members including first or last names, birth years, or providing the adoptee’s original name.

Contact MFC at to learn more.


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