Adopt-a-Family is Child & Family Services’ annual holiday program, providing families
receiving our services with holiday gifts. In 2016, over 1,000 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 information about how the family benefits from working with
Child & Family Services, 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 Monday, December 11, Tuesday, December 12, Wednesday, December 13
and Thursday, December 14, 2017. 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
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.