Rosie O’Donnell Heads to ABC Family’s The Fosters Jillian Bowe September 18, 2013 ABC, ABC Family, Comings & Goings, News, OWN, Talk Shows, The Fosters, The Rosie Show, The View Rosie O’Donnell has landed a recurring role on The Fosters. The former daytime talk show host will play Rita Hendricks, a no-nonsense, but kind-hearted foster care worker. Rita will become a mentor to a member of the Foster clan on the hit ABC Family drama. O’Donnell is no stranger to the world of foster care world. The actress is a foster and adoptive mother herself and staunch advocate for the foster care system. On her upcoming role, O’Donnell stated: I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful, heartwarming show. My kids and I never miss it.