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‘The world would be a better place if all the mothers were like you.” Kelly Rosati’s 16-year-old “little Vietnamese tsunami” put on her card for Mother’s Day. There was a time when Rosati didn’t think such sentiments were possible. Let’s just say she’s been called things less endearing than “Mom.” There have been suicides attempts. Probation. Cutting. Bulimia. Even right now, her adopted daughter isn’t at home but temporarily living in a residential program. “It sounds like a failure,” Rosati said this past week, while in Sierra Madre for the California Catholic Conference’s annual convening of pro-life and family leaders from across the state. “It isn’t. It’s about being healthy. Our kids have come to understand that.”
“In our family, we are Korean, Hawaiian, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Micronesian, Italian, and Irish,” Rosati shares with whomever will listen. Her four foster children all encouraged their mother to talk about their lives and struggles “as long as it might help other people.”
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That there were hundreds of “modern-day orphans” in her own community was news to Kelly Rosati and her husband, John, almost 20 years ago, even though they’d been “involved in the pro-life movement forever.” Living in Hawaii at the time, Rosati had been asking questions about how to become an advocate for adoption. She was a lobbyist, and she was ready to change laws, remove obstacles. But quickly it became clear there was something more powerful than policymaking to be done. “We are a family and we have a house and we have love to give.” The next move seemed clear.
“Talking and praying abstractly about the things that break God’s heart is one thing,” Rosati writes in her book, Wait No More, named for the program she started at Focus on the Family to connect families with children who would otherwise languish...
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