Adopt-a-Family

Adopt-a-Family is Child & Family Services’ annual holiday program, providing families receiving our services with holiday gifts. In 2015, over 580 individuals were adopted, and we are grateful for the community support. Child & Family Services’ offices are located throughout Western New York.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Does Adopt-a-Family Work?

The first step is to register. You will be asked to specify the total number of families you would like to 'adopt,' as well as how many people per family you would like. After you register, you’ll be matched with a family, and will receive wish lists that include some background information about the family, ages, sizes, and gift suggestions. You will also be notified when to drop off items.

All gifts (new, unwrapped and labeled) must be delivered to the Delaware Avenue Campus on your scheduled drop-off day. The drop-off dates will be Tuesday, December 13, Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 15, 2016. Donors will be assigned a time on their assigned day to drop off their gifts. .

2. How much does it cost to participate in Adopt-a-Family?

We do not set any strict giving guidelines for donors. Since the gifts you provide will be the only gifts these individuals receive, it may be better to spend more on a smaller family than less on a larger one. Past donors suggest that it costs approximately $100 per person.

3. Why must the gifts be unwrapped?

We are obligated to ensure safety for our clients. Therefore, we must confirm that all gifts are safe for the age and background of each child. For example, a Nerf Gun may seem like a great gift for a young boy, but for a child who has experienced family violence, it may be traumatizing.

4. What if I can’t make my drop-off date or time?

Please contact Theresa DeLuca at (716) 335-7235 if you need to make alternate drop-off arrangements.

5. Can I meet the family I am sponsoring?

Due to confidentiality restrictions, we are unable to allow you to meet with families.

6. I can’t adopt a family, how else can I help?

We always welcome gift items, such as gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, grocery stores or monetary donations to help our families.