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A Home for the Holidays

A Home for the Holidays

Photo Credit:  CBS
  • Premiered: 
    December 23, 1999
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Holiday
  • Tags: music, adoption, Christmas

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Plot Synopsis

This annual special tells touching stories about foster care adoption to raise awareness for this important social issue. Musical performances frame several pre-taped story segments, which are presented by celebrities who either have their own adoption experiences or are involved with children's issues. Each year, the special inspires families to consider adopting children in foster care, some of whom have been featured on the program.

The 15th annual special, hosted by Celine Dion, premiered on CBS on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT, with performances by Celine, Ne-Yo and Chris Young.

On Friday, December 19, 2014 from 9-10pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the 16th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, featuring uplifting stories about families adopted from foster care with appearances by Katharine McPhee; Jennifer Hudson; Train; Earth, Wind & Fire; Rixton; Ashley Monroe; Dan & Shay; and Jillian Michaels. The show has no host this year.

CBS premiered the 17th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, hosted by LL Cool J, on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT. For the first time, this annual entertainment special went behind-the-scenes at concert venues across the country to introduce children adopted from foster care to their music idols, each one inspiring the other.

The 18th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS premiered on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS, with performances by Miranda Lambert, Alessia Cara, Rachel Platten and more. As the headliner, Lambert performs new songs from her recently released and critically acclaimed sixth studio album The Weight of These Wings.

On Friday, December 21, 2018 from 8-9pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the 20th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, hosted by LL Cool J. Gwen Stefani, Train and Lukas Graham each perform.

The 21st annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS premiered on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 8-9pm ET/PT, featuring performances by Idina Menzel, as well as Adam Lambert, NE-YO and Kelly Rowland. This year, the television audience witnesses the creation of a family through an adoption on-stage.

A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS returned for its 22nd annual program on Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 9:30-10:30pm ET/9-10pm PT. Hosted by Gayle King, the special features uplifting stories of adoption from foster care and raises awareness of this important social issue. The inspirational stories of these American families are enhanced with performances by extraordinary artists, including Josh Groban, Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Andrea Bocelli.
A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS returned for its 23rd annual program on Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 9:30-10:30pm ET/9-10pm PT. Filmed at The Grove in Los Angeles, this one-hour special features performances by Justin Bieber, Kane Brown, Alessia Cara and Darren Criss. In addition, Kane Brown will introduce the Rodriguez family for a special live adoption. For the last two decades, the award-winning special has shined a light on the thousands of American children in foster care and has inspired tens of thousands of adoptions, moving these children into loving "forever families." The stories featured on this year's special include:

The Healy Family: From the time Celia was 9 months old until she was 12, she lived in nine different homes, so many that she can't remember the faces and places. She was subject to constant abuse and often told that she would end up exactly like her mom, an addicted dropout who was pregnant at 15. Trish and Andy Healy are Australian natives and had always wanted to adopt an older child. When Celia joined their family, they were shocked at how much she had endured, but inspired by her resilience. Celia felt safe for the first time in her life, knowing she was part of a loving family. Her grades and her confidence soared. Now a freshman at UCLA, she is bright, strong, and on track for an amazing life.

The Polk Family: When Christopher was born, he was left at the hospital by his mother, who struggled with substance abuse. He was adopted and raised by his grandmother. He met his husband, Jacari, in 2006 and they married in 2011. When it came time for the couple to adopt, they were matched with Knox, a 1-year-old boy who was born while his mother was in jail and had been subjected to neglect. With the similarities to Christopher's story, the couple knew that this was meant to be. The Polks are now a happy trio. Knox is a thriving 3-year-old who loves bike riding and soccer. Christopher and Jacari both say that the day the adoption was finalized was the best day of their lives.

The Ambrose Family: Brian and Heather always wanted a large family. They had three daughters biologically, but pregnancy complications with their third led them to adoption. With the addition of a baby boy, Carter, they felt their family was complete. When Carter was 4, they learned that Carter had a biological sister, Linden, 11 months old. The Ambroses were unprepared for another baby, but they opened their home and their hearts to this little girl, and two years later, they can't imagine life without her.

The Rodriguez Family: Marjorie was placed in foster care as a toddler. By the time she was 5 years old, she had lived in six different homes, where she had been subjected to neglect and abuse. Celine and Jerry Rodriguez were told about Marjorie, and their hearts went out to her. They decided that this little girl would complete their family. At first, Marjorie was reserved, but they showered her with love and attention, and she blossomed into a beautiful and well-adjusted girl. They all can't wait for the adoption to be finalized and for Marjorie to be a part of their forever family.


Other Titles

  • 2021 title: Home for the Holidays at the Grove

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment (2008 - Present)
  • Produced by Goldsmith Entertainment (2008 - Present)
  • In association with Children's Action Network
  • In association with Dave Thomas Foundation


  • The Grove (2021) - Los Angeles, California USA