The Christmas Hope is a Lifetime series that aired in December of 2009. The story revolves around the central characters, Patricia Addison (Madeleine Stowe) and Mark Addison (James Remar). The series begins with a single mother dying on her way to work, right before Christmas. She is survived by her young daughter named Emily Adams (Tori Barban). Patricia is a social worker who works tirelessly to place children in good homes, and she vows to do the same for Emily. She and her husband, Mark, lost their own son around Christmas a few years before Emily's mother died. When none of the foster families Patricia contacts are available to take in Emily, Patricia and Mark volunteer to foster Emily themselves. Patricia and Mark's grieving over the loss of their son forces them to grow apart, but they bond again after caring for Emily. They eventually grow attached to Emily and decide to formally adopt her.