I want to thank all of our family sponsors and the donations that were made by the Dollar Bank customers and the students of Case Western Reserve University which made the 2017 Christmas program another huge success.

Through the Adopt a Family for Christmas  2017 program, we were able to help support over 250 families and close to 1200 children in the state of Ohio.

Thank you all for the generous donations you made to these families and their children.   God Bless.

Madeline Medley, Executive Director


those in need

    April  2017

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For more than 20 years, Madeline Medley has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and politically under-represented members of our global family. Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of money and time. .

Adopt a Family Association

The Adopt a Family Association's sole purpose is to help and provide temporary relief to low income, the distressed families and those who may be underprivileged in the city of Cleveland and northeastern areas of Ohio.

To serve the communities in which we live and to make a positive and real difference in our community for our children.

Rose Johnson

Administrative Volunteer

Fawn Estep


Madeline Medley

Executive Director Founder

Our Goals

Confronting poverty face-to-face has inspired volunteers to help the children in our community and for the Adopt a Family to secure its 501c (3) accreditation during 2007 as part of its strategic effort to become a not for profit organization. 

Dollar Bank Foundation has generously donated Five Thousand Dollars ($5000) to the Adopt a Family Association's Family Needs Program. 

Since its founding in 1855, Dollar Bank Has committed to helping improve the communities it serves.

We want to express our sincere appreciation to Dollar Bank for this donation and the commitment and support of its employees to our programs. 

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The Adopt a Family Association was created to provide a short-term safety net and temporary caring support to Greater Cleveland area families in crisis working to maintain a stable home environment for their children as they overcome traumatic socioeconomic circumstances.  Since 1996, we have helped hundreds of families and their children by provided them with Christmas toys, food, clothing, furniture, beds or other services selected to meet specific identified needs.  

Every year we hear about a family that has fallen on hard times due to recent loss of employment,  taking care of sick child or an unforeseen financial hardship that plagued them just before the holidays.  Whatever the reason, we try to help those who may need assistance during the holiday season.  Through the Adopt a Family for Christmas Program these families are matched with potential family sponsors who would like to provide these families in our community with the spirit of Christmas.

Referrals to the Adopt a Family Association from area churches, friends, neighbors and other organizations including the Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Salvation Army, 211 United Way, the City of Cleveland, FrontLine Services  and other local and county agencies with families needing help during this holiday season increased tremendously.  With the economic downturn moving slowly to an upward position and improved economy, it  has affected all of us in some form or fashion. 

But for many of us not to the extremes these families are suffering.

Deborah Wynn

Asst. Executive Director

2016 has been a very active year for the Adopt a Family Programs, our Family Needs program has received closed to 100 or more requests for beds, furniture and household items from families in need and referrals from other agencies. With the help of in-kind donations and monetary donations , we have continue to help those who need these items.  Unfortunately we cannot meet all demands due to the volume of requests.

Of course as every year we have more families seeking help for the holiday program than we have support which means not all families who had applied were or can be adopted.   But we want to say thanks to all of the family sponsors who looked into their hearts and wallets to help families in need during the holiday season throughout the state of Ohio  and other states, our total families for 2016  was over 300 families and close to 1000 children.  This also includes  families that were invited to our Families Helping Families party with the support of Dollar Bank customers and our partnership with Dollar Bank and WKYC channel 3. 
We want to say thank you to
The Fidato Group who had noted their participation in the Adopt a Family for Christmas program. They wrote a news release for The Fidato Group that was distributed to media outlets all offer the country. The release with your comments can be found by using this link to the local CBS affiliate, or this more permanent link through PRNewswire.

(copy and paste to link)    http://eprnews.com/join-the-fidato-group-and-adopt-a-family-for-christmas-this-year-7433/


Our  Adopt a Family for Christmas program has once again grown to service some families outside the state of Ohio with the support of generous donors in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey.  We appreciate your kindness and support for helping these families and the participation through our Christmas program.