Adopting a Family or an Independent Youth  

Below is detailed information about supporting a Primary or Caregiver Family or Independent Youth and what we are asking donors to contribute for the family or youth they are helping. Questions? Contact aaf@childrensfoundation.org or 519-829-0855

 

Primary Family
  • For the Child(ren): Gift card(s) for Needs (such as clothing) and tangible gift item(s) for Wishes (from a list of up to 3 gift suggestions the family will provide).  Approximate value of $200 per child, ideally split between Needs gift card(s) ($100) and Wish gift items ($100)
  • For the Parent(s)/Guardian(s): One gift of approximately $25 in value per parent/guardian
  • Grocery gift card(s): $100 for families of 1-4 people and $25 per person above four. Example: a family of six = $150.

For example of the budget range needed for a Primary Family:

# of Kids With 1 Adult With 2 Adults
1 $325 $350
2 $525 $550
3 $725 $775
4 $950 $1,000
5 $1,175 $1,225
6 $1,400 $1,450
7 $1,625 $1,675
8 $1,850 $1,900
 
Caregiver Family

We define a Caregiver family as either the non-primary parent or grandparent(s) who will have their children/grandchildren at Christmas and cannot afford to provide a gift or holiday meal.

  • For the Child(ren): One Wish gift item of approximately $25 value.
  • For the Parent(s)/Guardian(s): One gift of approximately $25 in value per parent/guardian
  • Grocery gift card(s): $100 regardless of size.

For example of the budget range needed for a Caregiver Family:

  • When helping a single grandparent with one grandchild = $150
  • When adopting a larger family such as a two-grandparent family with six grandchildren = $300
Independent Youth

We define an Independent Youth as someone up to and including the age of 21 years old who is living on their own without family ties and with limited support and resources. As youth are living on their own, they often have a great need for household items, clothing and other such things.

  • For the Youth: Gift card(s) for Needs (such as clothing) and gift item(s) for Wishes (from a list of up to 3 gift suggestions the youth will provide).  Approximate value of $300 per youth, ideally split between Needs gift card(s) ($150) and Wish gift items ($150)
  • Grocery gift cards: $100 to provide the youth with enough food for the holidays as well as to help them with food security.

Total Donor Budget required for an Independent Youth = $400

 
What if my budget is less than what is required above?

We could still give you a family and would ask you to focus on the tangible Wish gifts, as we can provide the gift cards for their Needs and/or for Groceries. Thanks to Donors who provide a Cash donation, we are able to purchase needed gift cards in bulk to help supplement.