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Celine Dion lends star power to annual “Home for the Holidays” adoption special

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Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, and Chris Young performed for CBS’ 15th annual special “Home for the Holidays” that aired Wednesday evening, Dec. 18.

The show was produced with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and featured families who have adopted from foster care. One of the families interviewed said they adopted from foster care after watching the special last year.

Taped four days earlier at the CBS compound in Studio City in front of an audience packed with adoptive families the show opened with the Canadian pop star crooning “Loved Me Back to Life,” the title song from her album released Nov. 5, 2013.

“Loved me Back to Life” is a theatrical piece that gives Celine a platform for her larger-than-life voice.

In 1990, Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, accepted President George H.W. Bush’s invitation to be the spokesperson for a national adoption awareness campaign. Just two years later, he established The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as a public charity with one primary goal: to help every child in foster care find a loving, permanent family.

In 1997, he testified before Congress to support an adoption tax credit that aims to make adoption more affordable.

Dave Thomas passed away in 2002 but the work of his foundation continues strong, offering free adoption resources among its services.

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