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Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children Welcomes The Honorable Bryanne A. Hamill to its Board of Directors

Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children Welcomes The Honorable Bryanne A. Hamill to its Board of Directors

Published 04-11-16

Submitted by Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children

Spence-Chapin, a non-profit adoption and family services agency, today announced that the Honorable Bryanne A. Hamill (Retired) has joined the 108-year-old agency’s Board of Directors. The retired New York City and State Family Court Judge will serve on both the Legal Risk Management & Human Resources Committee and the Public Policy & Program Committee of Spence-Chapin.

For almost 10 years, Hamill served as a New York City/State Family Court Judge assigned to Kings County Family Court. After that she implemented and presided over New York City’s unique Youth Transitioning Planning Court, assisting youth in transitioning out of foster care. For the last several years she has been a member of the NYC Board of Correction and Chair of its Adolescent and Young Adult Committee. There she leads the Board’s reform and regulatory agenda regarding incarcerated youth in city corrections. She is the 2004 recipient of Excelsior College’s C. Wayne Williams award for Public Service, the 2013 recipient of CUNY Law School’s Public Interest Law Association’s Community Leader Award, and winner of the 2015 Advocate Award from Children’s Rights, Org.

"Bryanne has joined the board at a great time, while Spence-Chapin is expanding its Foster Care Pilot Program,” says Adam Cotumaccio, President, Spence-Chapin. “Her 25 years of legal and judicial experience in child welfare cases will be invaluable to our work."

In the last year, Spence-Chapin has entered into two separate partnerships -- with Catholic Guardian Services and The New York Foundling -- to service the New York City Foster Care population. Through this Foster Care Pilot Program, Spence-Chapin works with both agencies to improve the permanency process, to help stabilize foster care placements, and to elevate the skill levels of staff working with foster and adoptive families. "After spending my entire judicial career advocating for the welfare of children in the foster care system,” says Hamill, “I’m thrilled that, in my retirement, I will continue to affect change and help these families as a member of Spence-Chapin’s Board of Directors.”

About Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children

Spence-Chapin is a licensed and accredited non-profit organization. The agency brings over 100 years of experience in finding families for children through its adoption and mental and emotional health programs. Spence-Chapin’s fundamental belief is that Every Child Deserves A Family. Through its Modern Family Center, Spence-Chapin has broadened its impact in child welfare and permanency by providing support, workshops, crisis intervention, and pre- and post-adoption counseling services. The agency provides its services to children in need of a family; birth, foster, and adoptive parents; as well as family and health institutions. 

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Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children

SPENCE-CHAPIN IS AN ACCREDITED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BEEN OFFERING QUALITY ADOPTION SERVICES FOR MORE THAN 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. Through our Modern Family Center we are helping 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.

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