FROM THE AWARD-WINNING TEAM BEHIND "HOMELESS TO HARVARD," EMMY(R) AWARD WINNER AND TWO-TIME GOLDEN GLOBE(R) NOMINEE KIM DELANEY STARS WITH NEWCOMER JARED ABRAHAMSON IN "FINDING A FAMILY" A HALLMARK MOVIE CHANNEL ORIGINAL WORLD PREMIERE OCTOBER 15
Based on a True Story;
When Alex Chivescu's Foster Family Fell Apart, He Knew that in Order to Stay in the High School He Loved, He Had to Find a New Mom and Dad
"I'm sure you've never received a letter like this before, but I want to make several things clear... I pay for myself, find my own scholarships, get myself a job," began the letter from 17-year-old Alex Chivescu whose successful search for new foster parents comes to life in the Hallmark Movie Channel Original Premiere, "Finding a Family," Saturday, October 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). Emmy(R) Award winning actress and two-time Golden Globe(R) nominee Kim Delaney ("NYPD Blue," "Army Wives"), newcomer Jared Abrahamson, Sarah-Jane Redmond ("Life Unexpected") and Paul McGillion ("Stargate: Atlantis") all star in the film produced by Emmy(R) nominated Tom Patricia of "Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story."
The film is based on the true story of Alex Chivescu, a ward of the state of Michigan, who knowing he cannot be emancipated from the foster care system, searches for a new mom and dad within the school district that he believes can fulfill his lifelong dream of attending an Ivy League university.
Alex (Abrahamson) has a passion for learning, instilled by his loving single mother, Ileana (Delaney) who has a doctorate degree and speaks six languages. When Alex was 10-years-old, Ileana had a life-altering car crash that left her struggling with bouts of anger and depression, so much so that a family court judge deemed her unfit to parent Alex further. Thus began Alex's revolving door through the foster care system. His one constant is school. When
Alex's transportation funding ends, he discovers he's about to be assigned to a foster family outside the school district that can provide stability and a curriculum that can get him into an Ivy League university. Alex is left with only one option: in order to avoid being assigned outside the high school he loves, he must find a new mom and dad. After reading Alex's passionate plea to find a new family, Jim (McGillion) and Suzanne (Redmond) step forward to offer the brainy teenager "the full family deal." Alex Chivescu is now a student at Harvard University.
"Finding a Family" is an Entertainment One Television production in association with Randolph Films. Tom Patricia, Ira Pincus, John Morayniss, Noreen Halpern, Mary Martin are the executive producers. Kim Delaney and Margaret O'Brien are co-executive producers. Randolph Cheveldave is the producer. Mark Jean directed from a script by Pamela Wallace.
Hallmark Movie Channel, part of the Crown Media Networks family, is the second linear channel from Crown Media Holdings, Inc., simulcast in SD (Standard Definition) and HD (High Definition). This 24-hour cable network is dedicated to bringing viewers family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events. In today's crowded television landscape, the network is a unique and captivating entertainment experience, providing programming that families can watch together. It is now available in over 40 million homes. Crown Media also operates Hallmark Channel, which provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 87.5 million subscribers.