Kelly Rosati is the vice president of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family where she serves as the ministry spokesperson on Child Advocacy issues. Ms. Rosati oversees the Adoption and Orphan Care Initiative, the Sanctity of Human Life department, Option Ultrasound, and the Community Care efforts.
Prior to joining Focus, Rosati served for 10 years as the executive director of Hawaii Family Forum where she advocated for Hawaii's children and families in the legislature and media and in 2001 was named by the Honolulu Star Bulletin as one of the 10 people who made a difference in the state for her pivotal role in raising the state’s lowest in the nation age of sexual consent from 14 years old to 16. As she explored the barriers to adoption and how to change them, she realized that she had the opportunity to do more than simply advocate for foster children. So, she and her husband, John, adopted four children – two boys and two girls – through the foster care system. As a way to encourage others to pursue a similar route, she wrote a book on their adoption journey called "Wait No More" (Tyndale, 2011).
While Rosati is thankful to be able to provide a forever family to her four kids, she knows there are still 114,000 children in the foster care system awaiting adoption. That's why her team's mission at Focus on the Family is to raise awareness of and recruit adoptive families for waiting children and youth in foster care. To date, more than 1,700 families have initiated the process of adoption from foster care through the Wait No More program. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute has recognized this outreach as a Best Practice in Foster Adoptive Parent Recruitment and Ms. Rosati has testified before Congress about the effectiveness of Wait No More.
Rosati is a frequent public speaker on the topics of sanctity of human life and adoption and orphan care related topics. She has been featured in various media outlets, including The Denver Post, New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Honolulu Advertiser and numerous radio stations throughout the country.
Rosati received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She and her husband have been married 24 years and live with their four children in Colorado Springs, Colo.