Adopt A Family Drive


     Please complete the adoptee application below for the primary family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities and all approved secondary family members in your household to give the donors plenty of gift ideas. 

    Applying to be a recipient family for The Arc’s Adopt a Family program does not guarantee your selection. The Arc's decision regarding who is ultimately selected is up to its discretion due to the volume of applications, availability of donors, past program participation, and strict adherence to the adoptee requirements below. 


  1. The primary family member in your household must:
    a. must be a child under 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) - autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Down syndrome, etc.
    b. must live in Baltimore County or Baltimore City
    c. not be in the autism waiver or receive DDA services from another provider

2. The secondary members in your household can only be:
a. child-age siblings
b. parent / primary guardian of the primary family member

3. The adoptee gift item requests cannot exceed $30, but each family member can include higher-cost items in the wish list section of the form (but the adopters aren’t obligated to purchase those items) 

4. Families cannot request gift cards, but you can share the names of the stores where you shop or the restaurants where you like to eat. 

5. We will not accept incomplete applications and will no longer attempt to seek missing information from applicants (e.g., clothing sizes, interests, proof of disability, etc.). 

6. Families are ineligible to apply for our Adopt-a-Family program if they received a Family Fund grant within the last 12 months. 

7. Families will receive a blank thank you card and envelope for the adopter, along with their gifts, and must return it to The Arc by January 17, 2025 

8. We encourage but don’t require families to share a photo of their family when they open their gifts, along with a testimonial to The Arc, so that we can share it with our donors. (Note: we do not use last names) 



If you or a group of donors want to "adopt" a family of an adult or child with developmental disabilities connected to The Arc for the holidays, complete the adopter application below.


  • You must drop off wrapped and name-tagged gifts by Friday, 12/15/23 to our main office (7215 York Rd., 21212) OR directly to the family (in coordination with The Arc).
  • To adopt a family, please register by Friday, 12/1/23.
  • The Arc will provide the family's wishlist with the names, clothing sizes, and specific gift items.
  • Here are a few gift suggestions: socks, slippers, gloves, scarves, nail polish, bath & body items, art supplies for all ages, sketch pads, journals, lockable diaries, kids' toys, and books.

If you can't adopt a family, please contribute to The Arc Baltimore's Family Fund at (select gift designation as Family Fund) which is used to purchase grocery gift cards for all adopted families for Thanksgiving and the December holidays.

Questions: Mary Stemler,, 410-296-2272, x 5305.

Our annual Adopt-a-Family Drive pairs generous donors, groups, and businesses with families who have a child with disabilities for the holiday season. If you are interested in "adopting" a family for the holiday season or getting "adopted," please complete the appropriate application below, and we will contact you shortly thereafter.

Application Timeline

11/1/24 - Application portal opens
12/1/24 - Application deadline
12/15/24 - Gift delivery deadline

2023 Holiday Recap

We would like to thank the dozens of donors for joining our Adopt-a-Family event! Our team was overwhelmed by each donor's generosity. The Baltimore Orioles organization gathered to wrap gifts, and the Oriole bird arrived with a van full of presents for 14(!) families. The Oriole bird spent time with the people we support and our incredible team.

Thank you to all those that have adopted a family this year. Due to the outpouring of generosity, we have currently paused accepting any new adopter and adoptee applications. Please stayed tuned for highlights and photos of this year's Adopt A Family program.

Happy Holidays!

Thank you to all those who adopted families or contributed financially to the Adopt-a-Family program this year. Together we reached 64 families with individualized gifts for every member in each family. Many also received food packages and grocery cards we purchased with the use of our Family Fund, and over Thanksgiving and the December holidays, we gave food and grocery gift cards to an additional 50+ households through our day and employment programs. All the families and individuals we reached were thrilled by the thought and care expressed by our gift buyers and contributors. Truly, the holidays were more meaningful for those who received as well as those who gave.

Alban Family Marine Solutions
Assistance Center of Towson Churches McCullough Family
Atlantic Financial Credit Union Miles Family
Brown Family and Friends Morgan-Cooper Family
Carter Machinery MZQ Consulting
Cintas PK Law
Community Development with the Baltimore Orioles and Oriole players Rosenberger Family
CreditXpert Inc. RSM
Danielle Ford Sanford Family
Deja Malone Schmitz Press
Drebing Family Sinai Hospital
Ernst & Young Tabor Family
Flavor & Fragrance Target-Nottingham Store
Fleckinger Family Target - Putty Hill Store
Goetschius Family T. Rowe Price Global Trading and FI Investments
IMC Outdoor Living The Arc Baltimore - 2nd Floor South Team
JHU-Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences The Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels
Kate Hull and Noelle Chambers Vilma Cruz
Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Wagner Family
MacPherson Family


Due to an overwhelming response, we've met our capacity for adoptees. 


Due to an overwhelming response, we've met our capacity for both adopters and adoptees. Thank you all for your generosity!

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