Adopt A Family

About Adopt A Family

The Adopt A Family program has been serving families in need across the state of Michigan since 1993. In the 21-year history of the program, over 162,000 children and parents have experienced the joy of Christmas through this special program. In 2013 close to 3,500 families were served, which represents 16,000 unique individuals.

Families apply and are screened for participation in the program. They must demonstrate need (income no more than 20% above the poverty line), have children ages 16 and under and complete an online application at

Sponsors (individuals, families, companies, etc.) support a family for the Christmas holiday. Sponsors provide at least one new toy and one new outfit for each child in the family as well as a special Christmas dinner for the family. Many sponsors provide much more!

Two Ways to Give


If you prefer a personal, hands on experience, through Direct Sponsorship you will receive a family or senior profile and wish list. Using their information, you do the shopping and deliver the items to your adoptee! Families range in size from small families with a single parent or grandparent with one child to families with multiple children. Based on your ability to sponsor, we will match you with a family in need.


Adopt A Family welcomes cash donations! Each cash donation is combined with other gifts and benefits additional families for the Christmas holiday. Local retailers give the VOA deep discounts on items to allow your contribution to reach even further into our community. Your gift of any amount will help ensure a wonderful holiday for someone in need.

Every Donation Counts!

$1,000 provides:

  • 50 children with a gift item
  • 33 children with warm clothing
  • 20 families a warm Christmas dinner
  • 6 families with an entire holiday experience

Program begins each year in early September and runs through the end of December. For more information about the Adopt A Family program, contact Erica Medvinsky at

Donations to the Volunteers of America are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.