(Please note, all Richmond and Antioch families have already been adopted. If you are just now signing up, please select Oakland as your drop off location to see available families. Thank you all who have already adopted.)
Thank you for your interest in our Adopt a Family program! We are pleased to announce that as in pre-pandemic years, we will return to purchased gifts, as well as gift cards! Please don't feel pressured to choose either option, though, all of our families love receiving gifts in any form. And of course, you can choose to do a combination of both. Richmond an Antioch are fully adopted! If you would like to adopt, please select Oakland as your drop of site. !
Our adoption process is much the same as it has been in previous years: choose one of our three drop-off locations, (Richmond, Antioch, and Oakland), review our family profiles, make your choice, and press the adopt key. Then shop for the gift cards/gifts and drop them off at our location on December 7th or 10th. If you do not find the family that you want at one site, please consider selecting another site to see if there are more families available there.
This year we are in particular need of extra gifts and gift cards to help us with "under-adopted" families or families who are not adopted. You can drop those off with your donations, and specify for staff that those cards are for that purpose. We are always very grateful for those donations.
In addition to our families, all of our programs need year-round support. If you are interested in helping with those needs, please email email@example.com. We thank you for your support and participation in Brighter Beginnings programs and services.
Through this ‘adoption’ process, low-income families are matched with a donor who purchases gifts and seasonal necessities for the family. The donor drops the gifts off at one of our centers in Alameda or Contra Costa County and we distribute the gifts to the adopted family. Last year approximately 275 families and nearly 1,000 family members had their holiday wishes fulfilled. Here’s what you’ll need to do to participate:
Sign Up - all you need is an email address.
Once the program opens for the season, choose a drop location from your accout page.
Browse through the families available for adoption.
Click the 'Adopt this Family' button once you find the family you would like to adopt.
Complete the contact information form to finalize the adoption.
Click 'Adopt' to receive a confirmation email.
Drop your gifts off at your chosen drop location on your scheduled date.
Have more questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Years ago, we realized that many of our client families were struggling during the holiday season. To address this need, we launched our Adopt-A-Family program, inviting community members and local companies to ‘adopt’ one or more families and purchase ‘gifts from the heart.’ How it works – Through this ‘adoption’ process, low-income families are matched with a donor who purchases gift cards and drops them off at one of our centers in Alameda or Contra Costa County. Last year approximately 275 families and nearly 1,000 family members had their holiday wishes fulfilled thanks to our generous donors.