I'm gonna let you in on a little secret Cal, the universe isn't against anybody.
Rita Hendricks
The Fosters - Episode 1-12 - House and H
General Information
Gender: Female
Age: 50
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Family & Friends
Family: Chloe Hendricks (daughter)
Production Information
First appearance: House and Home
Last appearance: EQ
Portrayer: Rosie O'Donnell

Rita Hendricks is a recurring character in The Fosters. She is the mentor of Girls United. She makes her first appearance in House and Home.

Rita is portrayed by Rosie O'Donnell.


Rita was once married and had her daughter Chloe with her unnamed husband. Her husband killed himself some time ago, though it's not stated exactly when. She also has a strained relationship with Chloe due to Chloe's bipolar disorder. Rita is the mentor at Girls United. She is kind-hearted and empathetic towards the girls who live there. Rita always has the best interests of the girls at Girls United in mind, which is why she shows them tough love. Rita has struggled with food addiction and admits it ruined her relationship with someone who really did care about her.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Rita has black hair and often wears glasses. She has fair skin and a larger shape, the latter of which she is very self-conscious about.


It's My Party

Rita attends Callie's birthday party and learns from Rafael that she was fired from her job at the drop in center.

Faith, Hope, Love



Minor Offenses


Collateral Damage

Callie mentions that Rita was visiting Sacramento.

Appearances (15/101)Edit

Season 1 (5/21)

Season 2 (4/21)

Season 3 (6/20)


  • She has struggled with food addiction. Rita admits how it has made her self concious about her size and how it even ruined her relationship with someone who genuinely cared and loved her. 
  • Rita's relationship with her daughter mildly mirrors Rosie O'Donnell's relationship with her real-life daughter, Chelsea. 
  • Rita's husband committed suicide. 



"I'm gonna let you in on a little secret Cal, the universe isn't against anybody."


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