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How to Adopt

AFL-CIO Community Services has been actively supporting families in St Joseph through some of their toughest times for more than three decades. The AFL-CIO Adopt-A-Family program connects families in need with people who want to give so that every home can enjoy the Christmas holiday.

As the Adopt-A-Family program prepares for its 37th year, it is like no other in the history of the program. With a national pandemic and a world of uncertainty for so many, it is more important than ever to take care of those in our community who need our help. Seniors who have spent several lonely months waiting in isolation from family and friends; families who have lost wages, hours at work, or their job to the pandemic; and those who are recovering from COVID-19 and are suffering financially as well.

Unfortunately, this year’s Adopt-A-Family program is going to be decidedly different from the one we have all come to expect. Hopefully, it will still bring just as much joy and fulfillment to those who can help and the families they choose to assist. Changes to the 2020 program include:

Donations – There are several ways to participate in the program:

Monetary donations: For those who want to donate but prefer to avoid public shopping, gift cards can be donated to the agency or you can purchase a Visa gift card through the agency; either would be equally appreciated.
Donation of gift items: Donors can donate toys, clothing, household items, etc. to the agency. These items go into a Gift Room where adoptees can shop for family members.
Direct adoption: Families and individuals can be selected and adopted by donors. For those who have not adopted before, the estimated cost to adopt one child under age 8 is $50. A child 9 and older normally averages $75. Teens and adults normally average $75 to $100. We also have several single adults, both seniors and disabled adults, who need adopted as well. Many of which are unable to afford their basic necessities and do not have any other form of financial support. These adoptions average $75 to $100. You may want to meet the family or individual(s) and we are happy to arrange that meeting for you. Other people enjoy acting only as a secret Santa. It’s really up to you. If you want to stay behind the scenes, simply bring your gift(s) to our office at 1203 North 6th Street in St Joseph.*Gift room donations and adopter drop-offs may be done in a contactless, drive-up format based on volunteer availability. Monetary donations can be made online, by mail, or by phone for those who would prefer to avoid coming into the agency.

Types of donations – While the program has always stressed the need for AT LEAST one new gift per person in the household, because of potential contamination issues, ALL ITEMS donated to the families MUST BE NEW.

Food baskets – this is being moved to a voucher format, where recipients will go to a local grocery store to pick up the food basket items; adopters may also fill the food basket before giving it to families if they choose to. The cost of food baskets will remain the same as previous years.

If you would like to participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, simply click below and fill out the form so that we can match you and a needy family this Christmas.

Thank you for your interest and ongoing support of our Adopt-A-Family program.

How to Adopt

For the Adoption Form Click Here