Adopt-A-Family How Tos

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Can you believe it’s already Pumpkin Spice season!? Besides watching the leaves change and indulging in all things pumpkin, it’s time to open up our Adopt-A-Family program for the upcoming holiday season. While you may not have the holiday season on the brain, there are thousands of struggling military families who are already stressed out about it.

Our Adopt-A-Family program helps hundreds of military families each year. Adoptees are matched with a sponsor, who is provided with a wish list of items for the children in the family under 18 years of age. The family also receives a grocery gift card to help purchase a holiday dinner and trimmings.

Whether you’re a military/veteran family in need of support, or looking to help a military/veteran family during the holiday season, read on.


How to Get Adopted 

Applications are open now for families of deployed service members; Post 9-11 wounded, ill, or injured service members; and veteran families enrolled in HUD/VASH. Please note, in all cases, only families with children under the age of 18 qualify.

Selection for this program is need-based, as determined by Soldiers' Angels representatives, in their sole discretion. Priority will be given to families who have not received Adopt-A-Family services in the past.

Families of Deployed Service Members 

Families of deployed service members must be registered with Soldiers' Angels for deployed support, E1 through E6, AND not be scheduled to return from deployment prior to December 1, 2018. 

If you’re not already registered with Soldiers' Angels and meet the eligibility criteria above, click here and fill out the registration form. Please make sure you fill it out completely and upload the requested documents.

For families or service members already registered, login to your account and check Adopt-A-Family. You will be instructed to complete additional information and upload necessary documents.

Families of Post 9-11 Wounded, Ill, or Injured Service Members

Families of Post 9-11 wounded, ill or injured service members must have proof of disability and proof of Post 9-11 military service. If you qualify,click here to fill out the registration form. Make sure you fill it out completely and upload the requested documents.

Veteran Families 

For veteran families enrolled in HUD/VASH, the veteran must be referred by their HUD/VASH caseworker and must have received an honorable discharge. The HUD/VASH family will initiate the application and then the application will be sent to your caseworker. Once approved, you will be directed to Soldiers' Angels.

For all families: Our Adopt-A-Family Team is small and works very hard to review and process applications as soon as possible. You will receive a yes, no, or request for more information from our team but the process does take some time.

Need more info? Check out our FAQ page.


How to Adopt a Family

You can adopt a family as a person, a family, or with a group like your company, church, or civic organization. Either way, you must become a Team Angel first.

When registering as a Team Angel, you are asked to set up a recurring contribution of $1 per month, $3 a quarter or $12 per year. This allows us to verify your information. Once registered, you will be given access to the Angel database, where you can log in to your account and get assigned to a military/veteran family in need.

After you're assigned a military/veteran family, you will contact them within 48 hours for a wishlist from the children. You are not required to fulfill the entire wishlist but please do pick out at least one item for each child, along with a gift card to help with holiday dinner supplies. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for Team Angels for more information.


How to Donate

Not able to adopt an entire family but want to help? We set-up a GoFundMe page each year to collect money that will help support families who are not adopted.