A Home for the Holidays

"A Home for the Holidays" is a powerful annual CBS network primetime special. It shares stories of foster care adoption and features performances from some of America’s most popular musical artists.

We have been a proud partner in the production since 1999, along with Children’s Action Network, Goldsmith Entertainment and Triage Productions.

Past shows have featured Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, LL Cool J, Jennifer Hudson,
Mariah Carey, Scott Hamilton and more.

Eighteen years ago, the idea for “A Home for the Holidays” was pitched to CBS by Dave Thomas and The Wendy’s Company in partnership with the Children’s Action Network. More than 30,000 people have been inspired to reach out for more information on becoming an adoptive parent as a direct result of this annual special.

If you are inquiring about a child featured on “A Home for the Holidays,” contact the Children’s Action Network:

11849 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90064
P 310.477.7611 | F 310.477.7633 | Toll Free 800.525.6789


Did watching A Home for the Holidays make you want to learn more about foster care adoption? Get the facts.

How can the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption help me adopt?

Finding Forever Families: A Step-By-Step Guide to Adoption will answer questions about the adoption process and provide referrals to national and local organizations. It is an excellent resource to help you get started. Download our Adoption Guide.

Who are the children in foster care?

Children enter foster care through no fault of their own. As victims of child abuse, neglect and/or abandonment, they are removed from their homes because their birth family is unable or unwilling to provide a safe environment for them. Ages range from infant to teen, although according to the 2016 AFCARs report, the average age of a child in foster care in the United States is 8.5 years old. Virtually every race, ethnic group and socio-economic category is represented. Some children are waiting alone and others are waiting with siblings.

Is adopting from foster care expensive?

Adopting from foster care ranges from $0-$2,500. Most child welfare agencies cover the costs of home studies and court fees, and provide post-adoption subsidies. Thousands of employers offer benefits for employees who adopt. Federal and/or state adoption tax credits are available to most families.

Is adoption from foster care permanent?

Yes. Adopting from foster care is permanent. Once a child is adopted out of foster care, the birth parents cannot attempt to claim the child or fight in court for his or her return. A family formed through foster care adoption is forever.

Have more questions?

What are the qualifications to adopt? What is a home study? What are the typical costs to adopt? How long is the adoption process? How do I select an agency? How do I find waiting children? These and many other questions are answered in Finding Forever Families: A Step-By-Step Guide to Adoption. You may also contact us with any questions at 1-800-ASK-DTFA or info@davethomasfoundation.org.