What You Need to Know About Adopting a Family

  • What does it mean to adopt a family?  It is not a trivial thing.  It is a real commitment to lift another family in need.  If you choose to adopt a family you are given an anonymous wish list.  Each list comes with children's clothes sizes and a few gift ideas.  Our goal for each child is:

    • At least one outfit (pants and shirt)

    • Shoes, if possible

    • At least one gift, or "wish" item, from their list

    • For the parents, sometimes they ask for household items

    • Also, please include grocery, Target or Walmart gift cards for them to buy food for the holidays.

  • How much can I expect to spend?  We guesstimate you will spend around $100 per child.  For the parents' household requests and gift cards, that would be another $75-$100 combined.

  • How large are the families?  We have families as small as a single child up to many children.  If you think you would like to adopt a family please let us know the number of children you would like in your family and any ideas of ages and gender. 

  • How many families does Adopt-a-Family serve every year?  This program has been helping the neediest of PUSD families for over 2 decades.  In 2019, over 500 families were served.  

  • Is it possible for my book club/office/neighborhood to adopt one or more families?  Absolutely!  We see this all the time.  It's a great way to share the holiday spirit of giving with others and build community.  Just let us know what you can do, and we'll connect you with a family (or families) that will fit your needs.

  • What's the deadline for the gifts?  We will be collecting items Wednesday-Friday December 1, 2, 3.  And Monday-Tuesday December 6, & 7.