CBS PRESENTS THE “24TH ANNUAL A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE GROVE” HOSTED BY GLORIA ESTEFAN, AN ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL CELEBRATING FAMILIES WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN CHANGED THROUGH ADOPTION, TO BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, DEC. 23
The Special Will Feature Performances from Gloria Estefan, Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Little Big Town and David Foster & Kat McPhee
CBS presents the 24TH ANNUAL A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE GROVE hosted by Gloria Estefan, featuring uplifting stories of adoption from foster care and raising awareness of this important social issue, will be broadcast Friday, Dec. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.
The special, which takes place at The Grove in Los Angeles, will enhance the inspirational stories of several American families with performances by extraordinary artists, including Estefan, Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Little Big Town and David Foster & Kat McPhee.
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.
Currently, there are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., more than a quarter of whom are hoping for a forever home. Foster children often 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 so much potential to beat these odds. Given a home and a chance, these children can lead fulfilling, extraordinary lives.
The stories featured in this year’s special include:
The Phoenix Family
Kaz was placed in foster care when he was 5 years old due to abuse and neglect. For the next 10 years his life was chaos. Alone and scared, he was shuffled from home to home, moving nine times. Being non-binary and on the autism spectrum, Kaz had given up hope of ever finding a forever home, until Jess and Carlos Phoenix entered the picture. Jess and Carlos consider themselves unconventional and knew they wanted to adopt an older child. Upon meeting Kaz, they were inspired by his resilience and fell in love with his uniqueness. Now living in a house full of love and support, Kaz is thriving, embracing his musical abilities and touring colleges.
The Gilmore Family
For years, Marissa and Brad tried to have biological children. After many heartbreaks, the couple turned to adoption. They met 5-year-old Tommy, who had entered foster care after suffering abuse. Marissa and Brad fell in love with the sweet little boy and it wasn’t long before Tommy felt right at home and they all bonded as a family. But then, two years after Tommy moved in, tragedy struck. Brad unexpectedly fell ill and, shockingly, he passed away days later. Marissa and Tommy’s world shattered. Fortunately for Marissa, she had Tommy by her side to help her put one foot in front of the other, even when she didn’t want to. Without hesitation, one year after Brad’s death, Marissa finalized the adoption, and they both keep Brad’s memory alive on a daily basis.
The Pitt Family
Cheryl and Joel always knew they wanted a big family, but after having two children, those dreams were dashed. Cheryl experienced heart failure after her second birth and was told she should not have more children. Years later, while at church, they learned about the need for foster care adoption and their dreams of a big family were revived. They adopted siblings Anna, 7, and Brian, 8. This big family of six was now complete and everyone happily settled into their new life. Two years later, Cheryl and Joel learned that Anna and Brian’s older sibling, Noelle, also needed a home – the family she thought was going to adopt her changed their mind. Noelle was devastated, heartbroken and alone. Although they had no plans to adopt more children, they knew they needed to reunite the children. Without hesitation they adopted Noelle, and now Cheryl and Joel have the large, loving family they always imagined.
The Henderson Family
After having two biological children, Dawn and Bryan decided they were done having kids. But watching their youngest, Ethan, grow up, they couldn’t help but wish they could give him a brother. Then Dawn began a non-profit that threw birthday parties for foster youth, and they gained firsthand knowledge of the need that is out there for older children to be adopted. They decided to pursue adoption and, soon after, they got the call about Nico, an emergency placement. Four days later, Nico, who was 5 years old, the same age as Ethan, moved in. When he arrived at the Henderson household, he had been homeless, living in a car, isolated from other children and had learning, medical and social issues. Now, at 9, Nico is thriving in school, both academically and socially. He and his brother are the best of friends, and the Hendersons’ wishes for a brother for Ethan came true.
The special is presented in association with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. The Children’s Action Network was founded in 1990 by leaders in the entertainment industry to harness the power of the entertainment media on behalf of children.
The 24TH ANNUAL A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE GROVE is produced by Triage Entertainment and Goldsmith Entertainment. Karen Mack, Stu Schreiberg, Stephen Kroopnick and Marilyn Seabury are the executive producers. Jennifer Perry, Danielle Fiorito, Nicole Cadena and Kelly Brock are producers. Story segments directed by Johnny Milord. Karen Mack is writing and Michael Simon is directing the special.
About The Grove
Developed by Caruso in 2002, The Grove is one of the country’s most acclaimed shopping, dining and lifestyle destinations, offering the best mix of retail, restaurants and entertainment in Southern California. Set on 20 acres adjacent to the historic Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles, The Grove offers a welcoming park-like setting with a vibrant pedestrian streetscape and first-class retail experience that successfully marries hometown charm with high-end shopping. This unique mix has earned The Grove recognition as the heart of the city – a “see and be seen” destination, a neighborhood gem and a community all its own. The Grove’s award-winning design, first-class Concierge service and community-like ambiance have garnered numerous awards and recognition throughout the retail industry, including being named the “#1 Shopping Destination in Los Angeles” by TripAdvisor, and ranking #2 of Fortune’s “10 Highest Sales-Generating Shopping Centers” in the country. The Grove also tops Shopping Center Today’s list of top 10 shopping centers in the world based on sales per square foot. For more information, please visit The Grove at www.TheGroveLA.com or on Instagram @TheGroveLA.
RATING: To Be Announced
*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service. Essential tier subscribers will also have access to the on-demand the following day after the special airs.
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