Adopt an Angel Program in Need of Sponsors

Lackawanna County’s Adopt an Angel Program has a pressing need for sponsors. The annual program provides holiday gifts to youngsters who are in foster care or who receive services from the county’s Office of Children and Youth.

Last year alone, CYS distributed gifts to over 1,000 children in Lackawanna County through this program. The children range in age from birth to 21 yrs old. 

Sponsors receive a letter to Santa from their child and are asked to return the gifts to Children and Youth’s fourth floor office at 200 Adams Ave., Scranton.

In order to ensure that all children in a family receive an equitable amount of gifts, sponsors are asked to spend approximately $100 per child. Since not everyone is able to afford that amount, potential sponsors are urged to join with others rather than sponsoring a child individually. The program also accepts monetary donations, a new unwrapped gift or a gift card. Each and every contribution is greatly appreciated.

To be a part of this long-standing tradition, please contact Gloria Liuzzo at 570-963-6781 ext. 1301, or Lisa Sohara 570-963-6781 ext. 1188 and provide your name, address, phone number and any preferences you have for age and/or gender; also, an adoption form is attached. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.

Children & Youth Furniture Drive

It has been brought to the attention of the Lackawanna County Commissioners that there is a dire need for furniture and appliances in some areas of the county that receive assistance from the Human Services Department.

Homelessness and poor living conditions have become one of the most frequent reasons for a referral to Children and Youth Services (CYS). While the circumstances are varied, including poverty, CYS remains committed to safely maintaining children in their own homes. This is more conducive and economical than removing children and placing them in foster care, as long as they can be safe. “Many of these families rely on our Human Services program for assistance. CYS is another great example of Lackawanna County helping to provide the most basic of needs for parents and children”, Commissioner O’Brien stated.

Many families have had to dispose of furniture because of infestation issues that arise simply because of where they live, rather than any issue they can control. “Lackawanna County is a very family oriented and giving community. Once again, I am asking the generosity of our community to help out other families who have been beset by issues beyond their control”, said Commissioner O’Malley.

In order to assist families who were displaced or who had to dispose of their belongings, we are asking the public to donate items in good condition to give these families a fresh start. “Home is where the heart is and we are asking our residents to open their hearts and share some necessary essentials for those who have experienced a loss”, stated Commissioner Wansacz. Primary items include: Cribs, Toddler Beds, Bassinets, Crib linens, Washer/Dryers, Refrigerators, Bed Frames, Dressers, Bunk Beds, Kitchen Tables, Flatware, Dinnerware, Pots and Pans, Strollers, Car Seats, Pack and Plays, Toys, Swings and school uniforms. Arrangements for pick- up and drop- off of donations can be made by calling CYS at (570) 963-6781.

Adopt an Angel 2012

Staff from the Lackawanna County Office of Children and Youth display some of the hundreds of gifts provided to the 2011 Adopt an Angel program through the generosity of local residents. Over 900 youngsters who are in foster care or who receive other services from Children and Youth participated in the program this year. From left: Gabrielle Palmieri, Lisa Sohara, Trina Hoppel, Genese Wayman, Jennifer Duffy and Mary Siniawa.