25 years of making the holidays merry and bright for San Francisco families

What is Adopt-a-Family?

Adopt-a-Family is our annual holiday program which pairs individuals, families, groups and office teams with Compass families who are homeless or at imminent risk and lack the resources to buy holiday gifts. For many families, these gifts will be the only gifts they will receive during the holidays. 


Registration will begin on September 15th!

Scroll down to learn more about Adopt-a-Family and other ways to help.

How Does Adopt-a-Family Work? 


Sign up to participate in Adopt-a-Family this year. In the form below, make sure to specify your preferences, such as how many families and the total number of people you would like to adopt. You should anticipate spending a minimum of $150 per family member. 

Due to the overwhelming amount of support for our Adopt-a-Family program year after year,

we are offering two different options: 


Traditional Adopt-a-Family 

Sign up to fulfill a family wish list of needed and wanted items, shop, wrap, and drop off gifts to Compass to be distributed to your adopted family or families​

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Gift Card Adopt-a-Family 

SIGN UP to fulfill wishlist requests for gift cards from specific retailers for your adopted family or families​

When registering, we strongly encourage a donation to Compass of $125 per family adopted to help offset the significant costs of running this program and help to ensure our client families receive the full range of services they need throughout the year, not just during the holidays. 




You will be informed of your matched family or families and receive their holiday wish list(s) between mid-October and late-November depending on when you register and the availability of a wish list for a family matching your preferences. Don't worry, you'll get your match ahead of Black Friday! 




Go shopping! Learn more about your adopted family or families through their wish list(s) and help fulfill their holiday wishes. Make it festive and invite family and friends to help you shop for and wrap gifts! Increase your impact when you shop by designating Compass Family Services as your charity of choice for AmazonSmile and eScript.  

For more instructions and detailed information about the Adopt-a-Family process, check out our FAQs:




Drop off your gifts! For Traditional Adopt-a-Family participants, gifts will need to be dropped off in San Francisco starting the week of December 5th. More information to schedule a time to drop off gifts will be emailed to you once registration opens. Gift Card Adopt-a-Family participants can mail or drop off their gift cards. Gift cards must be received by December 13th at the latest for timely distribution to adopted families.  

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All Adopt-a-Family gifts and donations are tax-deductible. Our tax ID is 94-1156622. Please keep your receipts so you can attached those to the letter for tax purposes.You will receive a thank you card in January describing your participation in the program.

Our team at Compass is here to help! If you have any questions,

please email Kris Otridge at

Fulfill Items for our Holiday Wishlist 

Purchase holiday items from our Amazon Wishlist to support homeless children and parents. Oftentimes, these gifts will support families in need who are new to Compass and just accessing resources, and missed the chance to participate in Adopt-a-Family.


Double your impact when you choose Compass Family Services as your AmazonSmile charity. Proceeds of your purchase will support Compass programs.

Volunteer for Adopt-a-Family

There are many different ways you can volunteer during Adopt-a-Family, whether you are adopting a family or not! Get involved this holiday season and help with Adopt-a-Family administrative tasks or gift drop off and pick up days in San Francisco. It takes a lot of people to make this project successful each year and we'd love your help! 

If you are interested in individual or group volunteering or would like to learn more, please contact Karin Lamb at

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My kids are all super grateful for all our gifts! I hope God continues to bless you in abundance so that you can continue to help many more families. After over a year, me and my kids now have a home in San Francisco. I am excited to see what else my family will be able to accomplish. Thank you so much for all of your help!