Joint Council Events

2015 Conference – Putting Family First: Family Strengthening to Adoption

Our joint conference with the National Council for Adoption –Putting Family First: Family Strengthening to Adoption – will be held June 21-24, 2015, in Arlington, VA (Washington DC metro area).  Join us for three-days of compelling presentations on topics ranging from adoption medicine and orphan nutrition to government policy and best practices. To learn more, please click here.

Education Seminars and Webinars

Through our partnership with Adoption Learning Partners, we hope you can join in on one of our educational webinars or seminars which are open to adoptive families, adoption professionals and anyone providing care for children.  Click here for info on our next webinar.



Team Orphans Cookie 5K
Saturday, July 25, 2015
8:00 am
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Join Team Orphans for an exciting 5K run & walk at Robinette’s Apple Haus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Run the 5K, walk the same course or walk the first mile and end up right at the cookies! Every dollar paid or raised is used to provide grants to adopting families.

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Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services (HAPS) – International Adoption Information Meeting
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
668 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666

HAPS is pleased to offer a free information meeting about International Adoption at our Teaneck, NJ office.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Email: to register

Bagels & Blox
Sunday, June 14, 2015
10:30 AM – 12:30PM
Spence-Chapin Services 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128

Join us for Bagels & Blox. We’ll provide food, child care, and fun – all you have to do is enjoy breakfast and connect with other parents while your kids play! Our early childhood experts will be here to answer questions and offer guidance for eating, sleeping, and behavioral concerns.  Bagels and Blox is sponsored by Farrah and Aaron Zabar.

All of our events are open to the public. Adoptive parents and kids ages 5 and below are welcome to attend. For questions, contact us at 646-539-2167 or at

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Constellation Conversations: Experiences of the Triad
Sunday, June 14, 2015
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Spence-Chapin Services 410 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128

We’re bringing together adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents to share and learn from various perspectives. We’ll be joined by an adoptee, first mother, and adoptive mother all from the same family who’ll share their experiences being in an open adoption. We’ll provide an encouraging, supportive environment where you can speak openly and honestly about your story, thoughts, and feelings. Everyone in the adoption triad and their supportive friends and family are welcome.

$30 / 1 person
$50 / 2 people
$70 / 3 people

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Spence-Chapin’s Young Leadership Committee 2nd Annual Summer Soirée
Thursday, June 18, 2015
6 PM – 9 PM
The Malt House 206 Thompson St. New York, NY 10012

Join other dynamic 20-40 somethings who are passionate about giving children the one thing they are all entitled: a loving family. Come relax and toast summer with friends and other young professionals! Raffle and bar bites included in admission purchase. Happy hour drink specials all night!

The YLC coordinates social gatherings, fundraisers and other special initiatives in support of Spence- Chapin’s mission and to also raise public awareness around child welfare and social justice issues.

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Homestudies & Adoption Placement Services (HAPS) Domestic Adoption Information Meeting
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
668 American Legion Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666

HAPS is pleased to offer a free information meeting about Domestic  Adoption at our Teaneck, NJ office.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Email to register

Walk of Love Cross Country 5K & Fun Walk
Saturday, September 12, 2015
8:30 AM
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

The annual Walk Of Love Cross Country 5K & Fun Walk is a fall-themed run through a beautiful 200-acre estate in Elizabethtown, PA. It’s a full day of fun for your whole family.

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Brittany’s Hope Super Sale
Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Please join us for a Super Sale in the Brittany’s Hope office parking lot at 1160 North Market Street in Elizabethtown. Save on all new electronics, iPod and cell phone accessories, tools, t-shirts, toys and much more!

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Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) National Conference
May 31, 2015 – June 2, 2015
Sheraton Music City Hotel, 777 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN
See schedule here

The ASAP National Conference gives professionals the leaders in the field of post-adoption services the opportunity to share and discuss effective practice and policy at both the state and national level. The purpose of the conference is to highlight post adoption concepts and practices in an effort to educate and support professionals across multiple disciplines to deal effectively with the challenges often associated with adoption. The two-day Conference will consist of specialized learning in (3) three unique areas: Clinical Work, Service Coordination & Support and Education/Advocacy.

Email: Nicole Coning, Conference organizer at

Adoption Information Meeting with Adoptions Together
June 25, 2015
7 PM – 9 PM
Adoptions Together Office – 457A Carlisle Dr Herndon, VA, 20170

Spence-Chapin is hosting a FREE information meeting with Adoptions Together, a Hague-accredited agency in the Washington, DC area. This meeting is for families considering the adoption of infants and school-aged children from the United States, BulgariaColombiaSouth Africa. Spence-Chapin and Adoptions Together staff welcome your attendance at this meeting to learn about our placement programs or how we may assist you with a home study only. Please join us and learn more about taking the first step in your adoption journey.  Please register in advance.

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Adoption Options for LGBTQ Singles and Couples
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Online Webinar

This FREE, interactive webinar will explore the adoption pathways available to LGBTQ singles and couples (partnered, in a civil union, or married). We’ll be joined by adoption attorney Brian Esser, and will cover all of the domestic adoption options, including using an agency, attorney, adopting through foster care, kinship adoption, and second-parent adoptions, as well as international opportunities, including our South-Africa program. We’ll also discuss an often over-looked, but very important topic – self-care and your emotional well-being.  Bring your questions – there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

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Adoption Information Webinar
June 30, 2015
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Online Webinar

Considering adopting? Want to learn about adoption programs at Spence-Chapin?

Join Spence-Chapin staff to learn about the current landscape of international and domestic adoption and the needs of the children waiting for adoptive families.

We’ll discuss the scope of all Spence-Chapin adoption programs including international adoption and domestic adoption as well as Spence-Chapin’s adoption services.

Bring your questions! The meeting will include ample opportunity to have your questions answered.

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