Together We Can Help Families in Need Have a Merry Christmas!

 To be a Christmas Family Adoption Foundation recipient, a family in need must be nominated by an approved government or nonprofit social work agency or individual, official caseworkers, or school counselors. Read on to learn about program eligibility and requirements for nominating a family.

Nominations are Currently Closed

 We have reached 800 families this year and have paused new family nominations at this time. We know how important it is to manage expectations for families hoping for assistance, so please help us is spreading the word to get our current families adopted. If we are pacing well on adoptions, we hope to open nominations up again in November.


Who is a Nominating Partner?

A Nominating Partner is an approved government or nonprofit social work agency or individual. Families who receive assistance from a caseworker, agency, or school counselor must request a nomination from that person or agency and cannot nominate themselves.

In addition to registering a family in need, our Nominating Partners must also facilitate contact between the family and their Adopting Angel. Because privacy is of the utmost importance, we count on a Nominating Partner to coordinate communication how they see fit for the family they support.


To be eligible for the CFAF program, a Nominating Partner must nominate the family. Families or friends of the family cannot nominate themselves.

A Nominating Partner must be a CFAF-approved government or nonprofit social worker or agency, and use their work email address for verification.

Our organization’s aim is to help families, particularly children, and require at least one child under 18 in each home. While we understand all families look different, we recommend that households with more than 2+ adults limit their adult wishlists and/or focus on household wishlist items instead. In our experience, families with more adults to kids have a harder time getting adopted.

We are currently only able to serve families in the following metropolitan areas:

• Portland, OR
• Salem, OR
• Vancouver, WA

Nomination Requirements

We require all nominations to be submitted online. You must fill out the registration form completely, using a work or organization email address (no personal accounts, please). Nominating more than one family requires complete registration forms for each family.

The Nominate a Family registration form includes the Family Wishlist. Please assist families in determining reasonable requests. Consider uploading photos during registration. Including family photos increases the likelihood of adoption.

Families may choose to make direct contact with their Adopting Angel or remain anonymous. If a family chooses to remain anonymous, the Nominating Partner must facilitate communication and delivery with the Adopting Angel.


Register Early

We begin accepting nominations on September 18. Please apply early, as we accept nominations on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large volume of requests that we receive, we stop accepting nominations when we hit our maximum number of families.


CFAF does our absolute best to ensure all nominated families get adopted during the Christmas season. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming number of nominations, we must limit the number of families accepted and posted on the site at any given time.

Any family nominated after we reach our limit will be placed on our waitlist until other families are adopted and space becomes available. 



Initial Contact

Initial contact with your Adopting Angel should confirm whether the Adopting Angel will deliver the donated gifts or if you, as the Nominating Partner, will deliver the gifts.

Delivery Confirmation

Contact your Adopting Angel to confirm the scheduled date, time, and location for delivery at least a week prior to scheduled delivery. If you will pick up the gifts from the Adopting Angel, confirm a date, time, and location for pickup.


Unless you receive and deliver the donated gifts, contact your Adopting Angel to confirm receipt of the gifts the day after scheduled delivery.

Final Thoughts

Be available to your Adopting Angel to answer any questions they may have regarding delivery or the Family Wishlist. If, for any reason, the Adopting Angel cannot follow through with their commitment or you cannot get in touch with the Adopting Angel, contact us as soon as possible.