Help Make a Child’s Holiday Bright


Child and mother smiling in front of a table full of toysDuring the holiday season the Division of Children and Family Services helps make holiday wishes come true for hundreds of children in foster care or whose family needs a little extra support to stay strong and stable.  You can help by donating to any of the following programs: 

Hope for the Holidays

Hope for the Holidays is our annual gift program for children and teens in foster care. In early December we invite children and foster parents to our building for a holiday party, where they choose a brand new toy, game, or book for themselves or a sibling.  Children can also take a picture with Santa, enjoy homemade cookies and milk, and create a holiday craft.

This program is made possible by gifts from generous donors like you from churches, businesses, schools, families and individuals. Every gift makes a difference!

If you would like to make a donation:


  1. Send a check or a gift card for teens
    -or-
  2. Purchase a new toy, game or book (Click here for toy ideas)

Deadline for donations is Friday, December 8, 2017.  All donations can be mailed or dropped off to:

Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
Hope for the Holidays Program
3955 Euclid Avenue, 349-E
Cleveland, OH 44115  

Cuyahoga County Administration Building
Hope for the Holidays Program
2079 East 9th Street, 8th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115  

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


Mom and 2 daughter smiling in front of Christmas TreeAdopt a Family

DCFS helps hundreds of families remain together through various supportive services.  If you would like to help a family in need you can adopt a family for the holiday.  We will provide you with basic information such the number of children, ages, genders, clothing sizes, and wish lists. Then you can purchase gifts specifically for that family and wrap them.  Workers deliver the gifts to the selected family before Christmas.

If you would like to “adopt” a family for the holidays please fill out this online form


Donate services or special items

If you have a special gift or service you would like to donate for our children and teens that is not listed above please let us know.  You may have clothes, bikes, salon services, special event tickets, or another way you or your business would like to contribute.  Please contact Kristin Gardner at 216-881-5301 or kristin.gardner@jfs.ohio.gov 

Questions? Contact Kristin Gardner at 216-881-5301 or kristin.gardner@jfs.ohio.gov.