For more than two decades, Kelly Rosati has been one of the nation’s highest-profile and most effective advocates for children and the sanctity of human life. It’s that track record that fuels and informs her work as president of KMR Consulting.
Rosati’s firm offers clients innovative, practical insights and action steps to achieve their strategic goals in communications and community and government relations.
Before founding KMR Consulting, Rosati served for 10 years as vice president of Advocacy for Children and Community Outreach at Focus on the Family. She co-founded Focus’ nationally recognized Wait No More program, which recruits adoptive families for children in foster care awaiting adoptive families. Rosati has testified before Congress on the program’s success recruiting thousands of new families to initiate the foster care adoption process.
Prior to joining Focus, she 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. In 2001, she was named by the Honolulu Star Bulletin as one of the “10 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 to 16. She was appointed by Hawaii’s governor to serve on several child and family state boards and commissions, including the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund.
In her role as a child advocate, while exploring barriers to adoption and how to change them, she began to realize that she had the opportunity to do more than simply advocate for children in foster care. So she and her husband, John, adopted four children – two boys and two girls – through the foster care system, a journey told in the couple’s 2011 book, Wait No More. While she is thankful to be able to provide a forever family to her four kids, Rosati knows there are still more than 100,000 children in the foster care system awaiting adoption – and her passion remains to find permanent homes for those boys and girls.
Rosati is a frequent public speaker on the topics of the sanctity of human life and adoption and orphan care. She currently serves on the board of directors for the national March for Life and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Denver Post, New York Daily News, NPR, Christianity Today, and Good Housekeeping, as well as many radio and television stations nationwide.
Rosati received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Rosati and her husband have been married since 1991 and live with their four children in Elbert, Colorado.