Nominating A Family

PLEASE NOTE: 2021 Nominations Are Closed

Nominating Families 101

To be eligible for the Christmas Family Adoption Foundation program, families must be nominated by a Nominating Partner. Families or friends of the family are not able to nominate themselves.

Who is a Nominating Partner?

A Nominating Partner is an approved government or social worker/agency. Families who are receiving 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 families and their Adopting Angel. Because privacy is of the utmost importance, we count on the nominating partners to liaise information how they see fit for the family they support.

We sincerely appreciate the relationships we have with the agencies and caseworkers who have nominated families for our Christmas Family Adoption Foundation program and work with us to give them a great Christmas. We look forward to working with you again this year.


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

  • Portland, OR and the greater metro area
  • Salem, OR
  • Vancouver, WA

A Nominating Partner is an approved government or social worker/agency.

Register to Nominate A Family

All nominations are required to be submitted online. Registration must be filled out completely. Nominating more than one family requires registration to be filled out completely for EACH family.

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

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

Register Early

We begin accepting nominations on September 15th. Please apply early, as we accept nominations on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large volume of requests we receive, we will stop accepting when we hit our goal of 850 families (early-November).


At CFAF, we do our very best to make sure all nominated families get adopted during the Christmas season. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming number of nominations, we have to limit the amount of families accepted and posted on the site at any given time. Any family nominated after our limit has been reached will be put on our waitlist until other families are adopted and space becomes available. Nominated families will be added to the site following the order in which they were submitted and will be notified when they have been approved for adoption.

Gift Delivery Guidelines

Initial Contact

Initial contact with your Adopting Angel should be to confirm whether the donated gifts will be delivered by the Adopting Angel or if you, as the Nominating Partner, will be delivering the gifts. If both parties agree that the Adopting Angel will deliver the gifts directly to the family, schedule a date, time, and location for delivery at least 10 days before Christmas.

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 be picking up the gifts from the Adopting Angel confirm a date, time, and location to pick them up.


Unless you are receiving and delivering the donated gifts, contact your Adopting Angel to confirm gifts have been delivered the day after scheduled delivery.


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 are unable to get in touch with the Adopting Angel, contact us as soon as possible.

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