Last weekend America debuted on Lifetime. I don’t usually like Lifetime movies but I found their newest offering interesting. America recounts the plight of 16 year-old America who has grown up in the foster care system. Due to circumstances he ends up in a youth treatment center where encounters Dr. Maureen Brennan (Rosie O’Donnell). The movie is an adaptation of the book America by E.R. Frank.
The movie draws attention to a serious problem we have in our country. There are thousands of children in foster care many of whom will eventually age out of the system. At 18 or 21 in the state of New York these young adults are left to fend for themselves. While some may be prepared for the future or have a support system to help with the transition to adulthood many do not.