Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sony Pictures and Lifetime team up for Rosie O'Donnell's "America"

On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, LifeTime TV aired a Sony Pictures Independent film (Canadian funding) “America” written by Rosie O’Donnell and Joyce Eliason (based on a novel by E. R. Frank), directed by Yves Simoneau (DGC), apparently filmed in Detroit.

Rosie plays Dr. Maureen Brennan, a guidance counselor and therapist at a state foster care home for teens, and she gradually bonds with one 17 year old mixed race kid named America (Philip Johnson). America (notice that the work “Eric” is embedded) is faced with aging out of the system at 18, where there is an 80% chance of homelessness and crime. If he gets his GED, the state will help him go to college.

The film tells the backstory, through sepia flashbacks, of how he was removed from his crack-abusing mother (Toya Turner) and sometimes lived with a kindly nanny Mrs. Harper (Ruby Dee). But in time the story takes a dark turn, where another male relative abuses him, and insists on keeping it a “secret.” The script, through metaphor, becomes very graphic in a few places.

America tries to relate to one of the female teens, and finds she has scarred herself, almost like a character from “Wristcutters”. He takes on a “job” as a cook at the center and gets into conflict with Marshall, quite chillingly played by young Logan Huffman.

In the end, the film makes an appeal for adoptive parents. Rosie O’Donnell is well known for her efforts to end the ban on adoption by gays and lesbians in Florida.

Lifetime’s own website for the film is here, and it has an interview with Rosie.


Anonymous said...

From, David Archuletta
Pueblo, Colorado 81004

Wheatmark Publishing
ISBN# 9781604941616
Odyssey of an Unknown Father, The Complete Book on Wrongful Adoption

To whom it may concern:

First of all, if may say;

I am not an authority on child adoption, yet the account of an unjust one must be told.

Accordingly, this story will not sit in wait, for humanities accreditation before a panel of scholars whom themselves sit behind the long tables at some Chancellor run university.

Despite lacking thesis and or my name inked on a sheepskin parchment given of some east coast Ivy League college, I still consider my person more than qualified of expertise involving the following subject…

“Wrongful Adoption!” a phrase imparting of nightmarish effects when used in the dream-come-true world of newly blessed adoptive parents. However, should this declaration stand true, the possibility of them having heard these words spoken in a courtroom are slim, and next to none. Yet, it is these headlines that make good copy, as evidenced by newspapers across the country. [This alone, should clue us of something.]

With such claimed instances happening now more than ever, it brings up a serious, if not taboo question; a question that is not meant to assault character or the doubt the integrity of ones moral standard. With that being said…

What role, if any, does the adoptive parent maintain in an illegal child acquisition; even if not made privy, will the situation still reflect harshly upon them? My wording seems to indicate that such is the case; and to a certain degree that is exactly the way I feel. Therefore, with a bias seemingly rather obvious; how is it that a person would criticize the intentions of two genuine, and selfless people?

The answer given of such question is rather complex and will unfold itself in the accorded chapter of this journal.

Understandably, based on these statements alone, this book most likely will not gain popularity in the hearts of those having only recently secured court appointed parental rights. Despite such, and with disagreeable conjecture set aside; what are the chances for this book receiving a review without bias? ___ Slim to none.

Nevertheless, although my name is not of fame or storied in the circles of humanities work or research, these words must be heard by the people, including all elected officials within our legislative process; for here too, change is in dire need.

As for wrongful adoption, one can formulate opinion of these newborn placements, as viewed through the perspective of the rarely acknowledged platform of the silenced, unknown father.

Percentage wise, it is true that for most birth father termination of rights, each case was correctly assessed; denied were any future rights of say by means of applied state statute. However, the remaining silent figure of forgotten voice, when in comparison as to the number of increased wrongful adoptions, only evokes further the intended message of this book, ___ for in it, I did accuse, quoting, “New Jersey state adoption statute N.J.S.A. 9:3-39 1[b] is a license to steal.” Incredulously, the State Supreme Court Rule 1:20-3 D [3] concedes this point without defense, further assessing the made statement as correct!

“There is something bad wrong in the state that is New Jersey.”

If in agreement and as for future social accountability, it is of singular like-minded conscious that collectively, we would enable a well-heard shout of acknowledgement in our united concern.

Wary would we be of the “trickle down” consequence of unreformed adoption law.

Tragically though, over the years the aforementioned statutes have tipped the scales unbalanced. Meanwhile, and just as tragic; it is along with Lady Justice, that we have allowed our consensus into a jaded complacency; each of us preoccupied with tasked day to day lives.

Therefore, I ask that all persons whether involved in adoption or not, that they give this book a chance, as the issues concern every one of us…

Although, adjudicated as victimless, by means of a practiced relationship between state and private enterprise, evolved was a form of adoption equal of description to that of legalized Kidnapping!

That said, the following are the written words of one story proved true despite a bias Department of Human Services in New Jersey. Their rejection of one man‘s outwardly plighted case forces his own investigation; which in turn reveals documents that uncover adoption attorney/adoption agency horrors, once thought only practiced in the distant past.

Thank you.

Odyssey of an Unknown Father

The Complete Book on Wrongful Adoption

“The extortion ‘Letter,’ long due read in proper place in script, ominously began rising with its treacherous content. Those of whom having failed to grasp opportunity to expose its treachery, in turn would be consumed by its treachery. The letter would soon announce arrival.”

A book on Wrongful Adoption, an overview:

Spurred from the depths of guilty conscious, a letter with a purpose of revenge, manifests itself in a rogue form of haunting words from the past. This was an entity quested on a mission that would soon expose a blueprinted policy of wrongful adoption.

Eventually forced into public disgrace was a Rosie O’Donnell funded adoption agency, “Children of the World Inc.” of Verona, New Jersey.

Upon reading this narrative written by the birthfather, shocking discoveries come to light. The man, who in 2003 thought his son stillborn two years past, embarks upon his own fact-finding journey. Without aid, followed is his conspiracy suspicion that proves true with the unearthing of official State documentation.

Ironically, as for the conspirators, the key element in this case is an extortion letter authored by the birthmother. Although, shamefully composed after her successfully orchestrated deception of the birthfather, this “letter” would later evolve into the centerpiece implicating component of a pending litigation. This treacherously written extortion attempt, when introduced early in the adoptive process should have instantly raised concerns as to the legitimacy of the adoption. The letter’s custodian, an adoption attorney, was keenly aware of certain facts that this correspondence represented.

With the content held fast, __ and its fate purposely put on hold; therein quelled was any chance of its exposure.

It wasn’t until the letter surfaced, and the break down of a ruse which ultimately did force major violations issued against the state licensed agency. This corporation in turn faced a vengeance requited, for in one reading of the letter, these surreal words of failed extortion did mete out their own form of vengeance.

This intertwined conspiracy most certainly involves a suspect Department of Human Services in the State of New Jersey. Of suspicion are the supposed non-bias enforcement agents, whose investigative techniques are question of motive.

It is a case that also details an in-depth study of New Jersey State adoption statutes. These of which, reveal a previously un-detected double standard in application. With this well-hid loophole in adoption law, a tandem duo of adoption agency and adoption attorney, can easily manipulate the State’s adoption system in their favor.

Also revealed in this all-truth bared story is a full account of how these unenviable set of circumstances evolved. Included, is the complete relationship between the birth mother and the birth father, who at the time of birth was five years afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.

Did she deceive him for the betterment of the Childs future? Did she have the right to decide the fate of father-son relationship? How did the birth father’s medical condition affect all the decisions made of the birth mother? How will the child eventually feel?

From pre-adoption to conception of conspiracy, with minimum conjecture, unfolds a riveting story where you can conceivably make your own judgment of the intentions of all involved. All is considered in this ghostly third-person, and self-narrated travesty that encompasses scores of adoption issues. This book is necessary reading for those who have endeavored, or plan to follow the path that leads to the humanitarian act of Child adoption.

Bill Boushka said...

The book is available on The direct link for Archeltta's book is here:

I'll keep this in mind for my own future book reviews.