Adopt A Family

Adopt-a- Family (AAF) Program 2022

Thank you to all our donors! We are fully adopted.

We are aware that our AAF website is down and we are working on the issue.

(Please see below for how you can still be involved) 

This year we are in particular need of extra gifts and gift cards to help us with “under-adopted families or families whose adoptions fall through.  We are always very grateful for those donations. To make  arrangements for that, please email Jennifer Shallat at jshallat@brighter-beginnings.org.

In Addition to our families, all of our programs need year-round support.  If you are interested in helping with those needs, please email jshallat@brighter-beginnings.org.  We thank you for your support and participation in Brighter Beginning programs and services.

For many of the families we work with, the holidays can be an especially trying time. Years ago, Brighter Beginnings developed its Adopt-a-Family program to help make the holidays a less stressful and more joyous time for families in need by connecting them to the generosity of our donors.

How It Works

Through this ‘adoption’ process, low-income families are matched with a donor who purchases gifts and/or gift cards to provide seasonal gifts and necessities for the family. The donor drops the gifts off at one of our centers in Alameda or Contra Costa County and we distribute them 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:

1. Sign up through the Brighter Beginnings Adopt-a-Family website – all you need is an email address.
2. Once the program opens on November 1, 2022, choose a drop-off location from your account page.
3. Browse through the families available for adoption.
4. Click the ‘Adopt this Family’ button once you find the family you would like to adopt.
5. Complete the contact information form to finalize the adoption.
6. Click ‘Adopt’ to receive a confirmation email.
7. Purchase gifts and/or gift cards to match the Family Profiles.
8. Drop your gifts off at your chosen drop location on your scheduled date.


To access the Family Profiles please go to the Brighter Beginnings Adopt-a-Family website.

To receive a tax deduction for your gifts, remember to bring a completed Donation Form when you drop off your gifts.

Drop Off Locations

Donors can drop off their gifts at the following locations. Drop off times are:

Dec 07, 10:00 am — 7:00 pm
Dec 10, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

  • Oakland Artthaus Center
    2744 East 11th Street, Suite H01
    Oakland, CA 94601
  • Family Health Clinic Richmond
    2727 Macdonald Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94804
  • Family Health Clinic Downtown Antioch
    512 West 5th Street
    Antioch, CA 94509


Please contact our Adopt-a-Family superstar at jshallat@brighter-beginnings.org

Please use the subject line AAF or Adopt-a-Family when you email questions to the staff.