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For the past 20 years, the CBS Television Network has broadcast an annual holiday special to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children waiting to be adopted from the U.S. foster care system. The CBS special “A Home for the Holidays“ includes performances by some of America’s most popular musicians and features inspirational stories of families who have adopted children or teens from foster care. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has been a proud partner in the production since 1999, along with Children’s Action Network, Goldsmith Entertainment, and Triage Productions. The 20th annual “A Home for the Holidays” special will air on Friday, December 21 at 8/7c.
This Year’s Entertainment
This year’s A Home for the Holidays will be hosted by LL COOL J and will have Grammy Award-winning performances from Gwen Stefani, Train, and Lukas Graham. Other artists set to perform include Andy Grammer. Past performers on the show include Miranda Lambert, Alessia Cara, Rachel Platten, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber.
Farmakis Family (Elkhorn, WI)
Minuette and her younger sister Josette were in foster care after being physically abused and neglected, and having no food to eat in their home. In 2007, the sisters were adopted by Dan and Angie Farmakis who have helped them heal from their trauma and achieve their dreams.
Mosqueda Family (Marathon, WI)
Brothers Felipe and Rafael were 15 and 12 by the time they met their forever family, Erika Albrecht who adopted the brothers together in 2002. Now they are together, happy and with a loving adoptive parent who cares for their needs.
Oden Family (Los Angeles, CA)
After being removed from their homes, Kyle and Kennedy were both in foster care and needed a forever family. Kenneth and Evette Oden felt an immediate connection when she met both Kyle and Kennedy. Both children are now attending college and thriving.
Pascucci Family (Syracuse, CA)
Karen and Ethan Pascucci knew they wanted to adopt from foster care, giving a loving home and security to a child in need. After initially planning on adopting a young girl, they met and fell in love with a 16-year-old boy who needed them, Ethan who was in foster care. With the love and support of his adoptive parents, Ethan is now attending Syracuse University and has a forever family.
The 20th annual “A Home for the Holidays” special will air on Friday, December 21 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
Get more details about the special in this CBS press release.
Everyone needs and deserves the stability and support that a family can provide. If you or a family you know are interested in adopting, visit our website to meet children in need of a forever home and consider these benefits of adopting an older child from foster care.