Contact: Theresa O’Neal

theresaponeal@gmail.com

917-445-7495

 

Greetings! Spence Chapin is working hard to provide homes for children in need of loving families. Please help us spread the word during the month of November and beyond.

National Adoption Awareness Month is here!

November is National Adoption Month and we are celebrating all month long! This is a special time to commemorate all the members of the adoption triad and their unique journeys. For those of you connected to adoption, we thank you for allowing us to be a part of YOUR family. If you are just getting started with your adoption journey, we invite you to join in our community and learn more about the joys of building a family through adoption…the Spence-Chapin Way.

A Century of Service

Spence-Chapin’s roots can be traced to the early 1900s and the pioneering work of Clara Spence and Dr. and Mrs. Henry Chapin. To celebrate our 100+ years of service, we are collecting stories from the Spence-Chapin community and we want to hear from you! Please consider sharing a favorite family photo or a personal statement about what Spence-Chapin means to you.

The Mission Statement

Spence-Chapin has been offering exceptional adoption services for over 100 years. Our mission is to help find loving families for children whatever their needs or circumstances, and provide counseling and support for all children and the families to whom they have been born or entrusted.

Our mission is driven by the simple belief that every child deserves a family.
Spence-Chapin 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. We help each family member navigate their individual adoption stories with clarity and confidence. 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.

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

ABOUT SPENCE-CHAPIN

SPENCE-CHAPIN IS AN ACCREDITED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION that has been offering quality adoption services for more than 100 years. Our mission is to find adoptive homes for children in need here and in countries around the world.

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.

HELPFUL LINKS

Some helpful information: https://www.spence-chapin.org/nam

Our History: https://www.spence-chapin.org/history/

Our Exec team: https://www.spence-chapin.org/leadership-team/

Media Spokesperson/Leadership: Antoinette Cockerham

Impact, Statistics and our Annual Report: https://www.spence-chapin.org/our-impact/

MARKETING, PROMOTIONS AND ADVERTISING:

Our National Adoption Month page filled with pictures, videos, blogs and more: https://www.spence-chapin.org/nam
#ThankfulThursdays stories: every Thursday this month (and beyond), we will share short stories on social media for those connected to adoption.
Some of our programs will be offering special incentives:
No International fee application for any applications submitted 11/1-11/30: $100 value.
Register for one coaching session 11/1-11/30 and get another one FREE (a $150 value) if redeemed by January 31, 2019.

MEDIA EXPOSURE

Articles and ads placed in Gay City News, AdoptiveFamilies.org, Rainbow Kids, Creating a Family, etc.
Partnership with 1010Wins celebrating us being in the community for over a century with calls to action to support us and know more about us
Partnership with StoryCorps that will be announced that month recording adoption triad stories that will be saved to the Library of Congress
Partnership with Before YOU (a family storytelling app)
Article on Debunking Adoption Myths with Reader’s Digest
Featured interview on 112BK with Ashley Ford

SHARE! LIKE! FOLLOW! Share our content with the hashtags #SpenceChapinFamily and #NAM2018 (use both) all month for a chance to win a $100 Butterfield certificate!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 11/1 7:30p Special Screening of Paramount Pictures “Instant Family” with a post-screening discussion about Foster Care and Adoption including Spence Chapin’s own Mark Lacava and Katie Rogala (tickets are first-come, first-served). If you are interested in attending with a guest enter here and I’ll send out details to those that confirm tomorrow: https://www.spence-chapin.org/instant-family-entry
  • 11/3 Spence-Chapin Halloween/ Birthday Celebration : https://www.spence-chapin.org/events/category/halloween-party-2018
  • 11/14 Cocktails and Conversation https://www.spence-chapin.org/events/category/cocktails-conversation
  • 11/18 Spence-Chapin at the Adoptive Parent’s Committee Annual Conference https://www.adoptiveparents.org/annual-conference/

KEY TOPICS/AUDIENCE

Debunking adoption myths, differentiating between adoption and foster care, Adoption in the African American community, international adoption, counseling and identity, LGBTQ family building, NY adoption community.

Famous Adoptive Parents:

Valerie Harper

Hugh Jackman

Angelina Jolie

Meg Ryan

Nicole Kidman

Tom Cruise

Mariska Hargitay

Michelle Pfeiffer

Sheryl Crow

Barbara Walters

Meg Ryan

Connie Britton

Dan Marino

Jamie Lee Curtis

Diane Keaton

Sandra Bullock

Julie Andrews

 

Famous Adoptees:

Bill Clinton

Jack Nicholson

Debbie Harry

Darryl McDaniels (DMC or Run DMC)

Faith Hill

Kristin Chenoweth

Tommy Davidson

Jamie Foxx

Jesse Jackson

Melisa Gilbert

Ray Liotta

Andy Dick

Nicole Richie

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzie

Sheryl Crow

Les Brown

Alonzo Mourning

Background

National Adoption Day is observed annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This event is focused on raising awareness of children in foster care waiting to be adopted. The first National Adoption Day was held in 2000 by a coalition of national partners which included Children’s Action Network, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Freddie Mac Foundation.

In 2002, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and Casey Family Services joined the coalition. The National Adoption Day sponsors co-operate with states foster care agencies, child advocates, law firms, and courts to complete the adoptions of children in foster care. Since the inception of National Adoption Day, more than 54,000 children were moved from foster care to forever families.

In 2014, more than 400 cities across the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico held events to finalize the adoptions and celebrate the families who adopt. In the United States, there are more than 100,000 children in foster care. California and New York have the largest population of foster care children.

A foster child usually has to wait nearly 4 years to be adopted, but more than 20,000 kids age out of the foster care system at age 18 every year without either forever family or permanent home. The aim of National Adoption Day is to provide forever families to as many children as possible.