Adopt-A- Family is coordinated by the DHSS, Division of State Service Centers, under leadership of the Human Services Council, Inc., a 501c3 advisory board. This relationship allows for a public-private partnership that works to support families throughout the year. Adopt-A- Family is completely funded by individuals, community agencies, churches, and corporations with administrative support from DHSS/DSSC. Therefore, all donations are managed by the Human Services Council, Inc. and 100% of all donations are used to provide direct support to needy families.

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Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to: Adopt-A-Family (Human Services Council, Inc.) at:
3301 Green St., Claymont, DE 19703, or 13 SW Front St., Suite 103, Milford, DE 19963. United Way donations can be designated by writing in the following codes: New Castle: #9102

"Adopt-A-Student is a great way for the community to play a role in helping more Delaware students to succeed. By making a generous donations of a gift card or by check, you are connecting with families and offering them the opportunity to bring the excitement of back-to-school shopping to their families, too."

​- Rita Landgraf

Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services

Adopt-A-Student Program

For more information on donating to the Adopt-A-Student program, read below, visit our Ways to Give page or contact us!

You can organize your community organization, family or corporate group and create an external fundraiser for collecting school supplies and uniform gift cards ($25-$30 increments for stores such as Forman Mills, Walmart and others who sell school uniform attire

How you can help us

You can donate gift cards for families to purchase uniform clothing ($25-$30 increments for stores such as Forman Mills, Walmart and others who sell school uniform attire)

You can make a monetary donation by mailing a check, through PayPal (look for Human Services Council, Inc.), or (look for Human services Council, Inc.).  All checks should be made payable to “Adopt-A-Family” and mailed to either location:

Kent/Sussex County Location
13 SW Front Street, Suite 103
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 424-7260

New Castle County Location
3301 Green Street
Claymont, DE 19703
(302) 792-6510

With the Adopt-A-Student program, school supplies and uniform gift cards are provided to school children. Examples of school supplies donated include 3-ring binders, large backpacks without wheels, combination locks, computer flash drives, dictionaries, thesauruses, composition books, notebooks, filler paper, pens, pencils, calculators, and other supplies.

Our goal of this program is to increase and encourage a positive attitude towards school and to take away some of the stress parents and low-income families encounter when they prepare children for a successful school year. The children who are assisted by your donations are the children in your neighborhood, attending your schools. 

Thanks to your kind-hearted donations, we increase the opportunities for more students to succeed.

In previous years, Adopt-A-Student has helped more than 300 children in both locations.