International Adoption FAQ

Spence-Chapin’s International Adoption Programs are in South Africa, Colombia and Bulgaria. We are a Hague accredited organization with over 40 years of international adoption experience. Our goal is to find adoptive families for children in need and to prepare, support, … Continue reading

South Africa Adoption Story: Kerri and Nathan

“The way our family came to be is outside of what I ever thought, or envisioned, for myself. Adoption was never something that I had thought much about, especially when it came with growing my own family. But, when I … Continue reading

Bulgaria Adoption Story: Lee-Ann and William

Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome “Hi! We are the Cotner family! We are a big, fun, loud, loving, rocking family. We have six beautiful kiddos. Four were homegrown and two grew in our hearts via international adoption and they … Continue reading

South Africa Adoption: How to Determine Your Family’s Medical Openness

Spence-Chapin finds families for the most vulnerable children in South Africa – children with a medical diagnosis who are in need of an international adoptive family. It takes a dedicated and resourceful parent to adopt a child with special medical needs. At … Continue reading

Adoption Home Study FAQ

All families adopting, either through Spence-Chapin or another agency or attorney, need to complete a home study. We provide adoptive families with expertise, professionalism, and the support of an entire adoption team. With over 100 years of experience in adoption, … Continue reading

International Home Studies with Spence-Chapin

  Interested in Adopting Internationally?  In addition to our placement programs in Bulgaria, Colombia and South Africa, Spence-Chapin also provides international home study services for families adopting from many other countries. In the past, we have supported families pursuing adoption … Continue reading

Bulgaria and Roma Adoption

Bulgaria as one of Eastern Europe’s treasures but underneath the rich sights and sounds, there is an imbalance and a need to find loving homes for many Roma children. Continue reading

The Children in Need of Adoption in South Africa

We’ve known for many years that there are children in South Africa who need adoptive families, but it took many years for the governmental permissions to grant Spence-Chapin as an accredited adoption provider in South Africa. Adoptions opened to American … Continue reading

The Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask about Older Child Adoption

Spence-Chapin’s mission is to find families for the most vulnerable children, including older children, sibling groups, and children with special medical needs. As you begin to think about growing your family through adoption, one of the first steps is deciding … Continue reading

Colombia’s Changing Adoption Landscape

Associate Director of International Adoption Ben Sommers shares his perspective on the changing landscape of adoption in Colombia. Continue reading

Spence-Chapin General Counsel Yekaterina Trambitskaya, Esq. Joins the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

General Counsel Yekaterina Trambitskaya, Esq. joins the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Continue reading

Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation

Exciting news. The Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 was signed into law by the President on January 14, 2013. It requires that all ASP handling cases in Hague Adoption Convention Countries to receive the same accreditation under federal … Continue reading

Russia’s Ban on U.S Adoption

Although the Russian adoption ban is signed, we do not know now if it may or can be altered in the future, so it is important to share your opinions and thoughts of this situation with your Senator and U.S. Representatives. Continue reading

South Africa Adoption Program: Our Partner Jo’hburg Child Welfare

Second in a series highlighting our new adoption program in South Africa, Spence-Chapin’s Samantha Walker writes about our partner in South Africa adoption, the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCW.) Continue reading