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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, celebrity

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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."

Hosted by Gloria Estefan, the 24th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS premiered on Friday, December 23, 2022 from 8-9pm ET/PT on CBS, featuring performances by Estefan, Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Little Big Town and David Foster & Kat McPhee. The special, which takes place at The Grove in Los Angeles, enhances the inspirational stories of several American families.
The 25th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS premiered on Friday, December 22, 2023 from 8-9pm ET/PT on CBS, with Katharine McPhee serving as host for the evening. The silver anniversary event features performances by Lauren Daigle, Gavin DeGraw, David Foster & Katharine McPhee, Pentatonix and CeCe Winans, while highlighting inspirational adoption stories of several American families.

Currently, there are close to 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., more than a quarter of whom are hoping for a forever home. These children lead difficult lives -- only half graduate from high school, 5% graduate college and 20% become homeless soon after they age out of the system. The child welfare system is sometimes described as the "highway to homelessness," as nationwide 50% of the homeless population was once in foster care. Youth in foster care are resilient and have great potential to beat these odds. Given a home and a chance, these children can lead fulfilling, even extraordinary lives.

This year, in honor of the silver anniversary, the show revisits some of the amazing families featured in years past.

Pascucci Family (Prussia, PA; First featured in 2018): Ethan's early childhood was filled with heartache, drugs and violence. At age nine, he was placed in foster care. He spent years shuttling from home to home, from school to school. Each time he moved, he tried to keep his hopes alive, but time was running out. By age 16, he was afraid he was going to age out of the system, never finding his forever family. Karen and John Pascucci were parents to a 5-year-old daughter, but they knew they wanted to adopt an older child. When they met Ethan, they admired his kindness and his indomitable spirit. Ethan thrived in their home and in school. He discovered his passion for rowing which earned him a rowing scholarship to the highly competitive Syracuse University. Ethan is a star, adored by his parents and his community. He is committed to giving back. After graduation, he followed in his father's footsteps, joining the national guard. In addition to his job, he referees high school football games and coaches the girls rowing team at his sister's school. Ethan's is a great story. A young boy who kept the faith. Parents who believed. And they all got everything they hoped for, and more.

Black Family (Rochester, NY; First featured in 2017): Single mom Veronica Black grew up in a big, loving family and wanted to give her son, Styles, the same experience. She decided to pursue adoption through foster care. She was matched with a 6-year-old boy named Lennon, who had been in foster care since he was two months old and had faced neglect and abuse. Lennon and Styles bonded instantly, enjoying sports and school activities. Six years later, Veronica and her boys decided to open their home and hearts to two brothers, Ian (age 6) and Jaubert (age 4), who had been part of a horrific child abuse case and were living in separate foster homes. Veronica wanted to unite the boys and give them the forever home they deserved. Veronica had been raising the four boys on her own until she met Steven, a single dad raising his own daughter. They were recently married, and her boys adore him, gaining the father they always wanted. Today, the boys are thriving. Lennon (now 22) received a wrestling scholarship for college. Ian (now 18) graduated high school as an honor roll student and turned his passion for cooking into a career, currently attending culinary school. Jaubert (16) is in high school and excelling both academically (honor roll) and athletically. Veronica now feels her home is complete and the bond between her boys can never be broken.

Henderson Family (Birmingham, AL; First featured in 2011): Melanie and Richard Henderson had their biological son, Reed, and always wanted to give him a sibling. They watched A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS every year and it inspired them to adopt. Melanie is a kindergarten teacher and one day a fellow teacher pointed out a 5-year-old girl with a blue bow who was in foster care. Even then, Melanie felt that Brittany was supposed to join their family. Brittany had been in the system for years before being placed with the Hendersons. Today, Brittany just turned 21 and since graduating high school and cosmetology school, she's become a hairstylist at a local salon and loves it. They still celebrate her adoption day or as Brittany named it, "Henderson Day," every year. She knows that special day was the start of the childhood and the life she had always imagined, and now, because of her adoption, it's a reality.

Mahan-Bond Family (Chesapeake, VA; First featured in 2017): Alexis, Veronica and Trayvon had been in and out of foster care throughout their young lives. They were featured on A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS "Children Waiting" segment in 2019 at a time when Alexis had been separated from her siblings. Julie and Melissa were on the same page when it came to growing their family. They knew that adopting through foster care was the right choice for them. They planned on adopting a pair of siblings but when they met Alexis (7), Veronica (6) and Trayvon (5) they fell in love with all three kids immediately. Soon after their adoption they moved across the country to Chesapeake, Va. and then the pandemic hit. The family's bond was solidified as they hunkered down together, home schooling, learning to ride bikes and spending family days at the beach. Today, all three kids are thriving in their new home. Alexis (12) is the "academic" and is now on the honor roll. Veronica (11) "runs the show," does well in school and enjoys competitive softball. Trayvon (10) excels at baseball and "is hilarious." Julie and Melissa love creating family memories and never miss a single game or recital. When told by others that the kids are so lucky to have them as parents, they correct them and say, "We are the lucky ones!"


Other Titles

  • Title since 2021: 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 & 2022) - Los Angeles, California USA