A step-by-overview of the Adopt a Family Program process
Step 1: Start getting excited to spread the holiday cheer!
Click here or on the View Families Available for Adoption button above to start viewing the available families to adopt this holiday season. Our families, like yours, come in all sizes. We have organized families by size to make the experience of adopting a family one that is clear and easy to navigate.
Please note: families in the $100 range will have one child, the $200 range will have two children, the $300 range will have three children, etc. To view a family’s unique wish list and hear what they are grateful for this year just simply click on the family.
For a breakdown of the costs associated with adopting a family and frequently asked questions click to expand the tab buttons below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How will COVID-19 impact Adopt a Family?
We want to make sure that every year our families have a reason to look forward to the holidays. During a worldwide epidemic, Adopt a Family is as important and meaningful as ever.Our team will be making every effort to ensure that health precautions are in effect and the current Reopening Phase guidelines are being met.
What if I have questions about what gifts to buy?
Choosing gifts can be challenging especially when you are purchasing gifts for someone you don’t know. Some wish lists can be very specific while others are very vague so we just ask that you use your best judgement. If it’s helpful think about what a child in your family might want or ask other parents or grandparents with children in that age range what they like. We encourage you to have fun with it, no one knows better than our adopters that picking out and giving gifts is just as rewarding as getting them.
What is the family activity?
The family activity is such an impactful aspect of our program because while gifts around the holidays mean a great deal, allowing space for togetherness and the creation of new memories is essential to strengthening family bonds. Further, these activities continue to offer a stronger connection between our clients and the community around them. This year the family activity will be a gift card to a local restaurant. Nothing brings people together quite like food.
Why don’t we wrap the gifts ourselves?
We all can imagine the excitement around the holidays and the wonder in children’s eyes when opening gifts together. As a parent, getting to see these gifts beforehand and get excited themselves is also such an amazing gift. By allowing parents to wrap these items themselves, they get to be involved and have some ownership of all those warm fuzzy gift-giving feelings awaiting their family.
What happens if I can’t follow through with my adoption?
Please reach out as soon as possible to Annaka Anderson, our Campus Housing Program Coordinator, at 360-671-7663 ext. 1003 or at email@example.com before November 27th so we can re-post the family on our adoption website with the hope we can have them re-adopted in time.
* If you commit to adopting one of our families and do not drop off your family’s gifts by December 7th or make special arrangements with our team, our agency will charge the credit card on file for the full $100 per child to ensure the family still receives the gifts they were hoping for this holiday season.
Cost Breakdown by Family Size
Cost Breakdown by Size of Family
1 child family will have a total cost of $150
Which includes $100 gifts +$50 upfront cost at the time of online adoption (1x$25 family activity+ $25 family adoption fee/ wrapping supplies)
2 child family will have a total cost of $275
Which includes 2x $100 gifts +$75 upfront cost at time of online adoption (2x $25 family activity + $25 family adoption fee/ wrapping supplies)
A 3 child family will have a total cost of $400
Which includes 3x $100 gifts + $100 upfront cost at time of online adoption (3x$25 family activity gift+ $25 family adoption fee/ wrapping supplies)
A 4 child family will have a total cost of $525
Which includes 4x $100 gifts + $125 upfront cost at time of online adoption (4x$25 family activity gift + $25 family adoption fee/ wrapping supplies)
A 5 child family will have a total cost of $650
Which includes 5x $100 gifts + $150 up front cost at time of online adoption (5x$25 family activity gift+ $25 family adoption fee/ wrapping supplies)
Step 2: What to expect after online adoption process is complete
After you check out a receipt will be emailed to you with the detailed wish lists of the family (or families) you adopted. There will be a PDF attached to your receipt as well that contains the relevant information given on this website for further reference.
Note: As soon as our drop-off location is finalized you will be contacted via email.
Step 3: Go shopping for wish list items!
Use the wish lists included in the receipt you were emailed and have fun! If you are unsure what gifts to purchase, the Frequently Asked Questions section on this page has some ideas for you.
Step 4: Deliver unwrapped gifts the first week of December to our Adopt a Family drop-off location
The location for drop-offs is currently undetermined. We will send out an email with the location and a reminder of the drop-off schedule in November.
Getting your gifts to the families you adopt before the holidays is our top priority and with over 150 families through Whatcom County, it takes some time so please be ready to drop off your items on the specified dates below at the drop-off location that you receive in your email receipt. Our team will be ready to take your gifts, add the family activity, the wrapping supplies, and bag them up for delivery.
Adopt A Family Drop Off Schedule
Location: TBD TBD-As soon as we have our location confirmed we will reach out to you via email and update this page.
Thursday, December 5th
Friday, December 6th
Saturday, December 7th
— Last day of drop offs*—
Monday, December 9th
*Please try your best to meet this deadline as we anticipate it will take slightly longer for our volunteers and staff to safely organize, prepare, and deliver gifts to over 150+ families throughout Whatcom County. We try our best to honor family time not only with our clients, but with your family, and ours.