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

South Africa Adoption Story: Jennifer and Ryan

(Part I) A mother reflects on her family’s transition at home after adopting her daughter from South Africa. “I keep meaning to write a post about how well we’re all doing. I wake up each day with resolve to sneak … 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

Top 10 Medical Needs in South Africa

There are thousands of children waiting for adoption in South Africa. Many of the children have special needs and need an adoptive family ready and excited to help them thrive! Families considering adopting a child with special needs have many … Continue reading

10 Questions About Adopting from South Africa

Spence-Chapin began its adoption program in South Africa in 2013 and partners withJohannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCW), a social service agency serving Johannesburg families since 1909. Spence-Chapin’s adoption program finds families for young children with special needs and sibling groups. Who are … Continue reading

How to Adopt from South Africa from Anywhere in the United States

Adoption from South Africa opened to American families in 2013. Since then, Spence-Chapin has been one of just two U.S. agencies approved by the South African Central Authority – and we have been actively finding families ever since! In South Africa, young … 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

Visiting our Partners in South Africa

Arriving in South Africa one is immediately struck by an intense color contrast never seen walking the streets of New York City.  Bursts of purple are framed against the blue sky, the green landscape, and the white exteriors of buildings. … 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

South Africa Adoption Program: Program Development

First in a series highlighting our new adoption program in South Africa, Spence-Chapin’s Gina Pariani writes about our partners in South Africa adoption, the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society (JCW.) Continue reading

South Africa Adoption Program

Spence-Chapin is excited to announce our newest international adoption program in South Africa. We’re able to offer this wonderful program in partnership with Johannesburg Child Welfare (JCW), an organization that has been at the forefront of providing direct services to … Continue reading

Spence-Chapin Awarded Adoption Authorization in South Africa

Spence-Chapin has been chosen by the South African Ministry of Social Development’s Central Authority to facilitate adoptions from South Africa to the United States. Continue reading

South Africa Granny Program

In South Africa, 20 children are reaping the emotional and developmental benefits of having a “granny” through Spence-Chapin’s Granny Program. Continue reading

What is a “Waiting Child”?

The term “Waiting Child” holds many meanings within the adoption community. In Spence-Chapin’s International Adoption Programs, we define a Waiting Child as a child who is in need of adoption and is ready to be matched immediately with an adoptive … Continue reading

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

Orphan Sunday: Join Us to Support Vulnerable Children

Orphan Sunday is about raising awareness of the many children here and around the world who are in need of a loving and nurturing adoptive family. On November 11, 2018 Spence-Chapin will once again join the Orphan Sunday movement to … Continue reading

Celebrating Citizenship Day in 2018

Every year, on September 17th, the United States celebrates “Constitution Day” or “Citizenship Day.” Today, Spence-Chapin celebrates all people who are United States Citizens or who are taking steps to become U.S. Citizens – and we reflect on the many … 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

Have You Been Called to Help Children on Orphan Sunday?

We are joining the Orphan Sunday movement to bring awareness to the many children waiting for their adoptive parents to find them. Continue reading