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Help Brighten the Holidays for Families in Need

Hathaway-Sycamores’ longstanding Adopt-A-Family program supports some of the most deserving children and families in the community.

Published on Friday, November 20, 2020 | 12:59 pm
Last year Elva Lopez (far left), Ernie Torres (center) and family made a special trip from Bakersfield to deliver gifts to their “adopted” family. (Click on image to enlarge)

Once again this holiday season Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services – a leader in behavioral health, providing care and support services to the most vulnerable youth in Los Angeles County and beyond – is pleased to share that their longstanding Adopt-A-Family program is in full swing spreading holiday cheer. The program matches caring donors with some of the most deserving families who need extra support, including gifts of toys, clothing, household items and food during the holidays. According to Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners, the Adopt-A-Family program is needed more than ever this year. “As the current health crisis persists, our families are struggling to meet their daily needs,” said Debra Manners. “For many of our families, providing gifts for their children is well beyond their reach,” Ms. Manners added.

Hathaway-Sycamores staff ready to distribute gifts to adopted families. (Click on image to enlarge)

It is on behalf of these struggling families that Hathaway-Sycamores is reaching out and asking caring members of the community – including individuals, businesses, and other groups – to help brighten the holidays by adopting a family. Families with the greatest need across all 10 of the agency’s locations are chosen to participate in this program. If you would like to provide some holiday magic for vulnerable children and families by participating in Hathaway-Sycamores’ Adopt-A-Family program, please contact Melissa Pittson at or (626) 395-7100 ext. 2018. Hathaway-Sycamores will provide a short story about the family and their current circumstances, as well as a wish list, giving donors insight into the families’ needs. The generous support Hathaway-Sycamores receives from the community is critical to making a difference in the lives of children and families and to provide them with a memorable holiday celebration.

About Hathaway-Sycamores

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is a highly respected mental health and welfare agency with 10 locations throughout Southern California. For over 118 years, Hathaway-Sycamores has been investing in people. We provide innovative and effective programs and services through a network of locations stretching across Los Angeles and the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Antelope Valleys for children, youth, young adults, and families facing serious life challenges. Our highly effective behavioral health services impact more than 16,000 lives annually. Services include: residential treatment; transitional shelter care; foster care and adoption; transitional living assistance for young adults currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness; outpatient and school-based mental health services; wraparound/in-home services; psychiatric services; psychological testing; and educational support services. Hathaway-Sycamores is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, LAHSA funded and accredited through The Joint Commission. To learn more, visit

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