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Hays woman honored as an Angel in Adoption

11/7/2013

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

Blood might be thicker than water, but maternal love is not just biological for a Hays foster home mother recognized for adopting three children.

Roberta Molstad was awarded the Angel in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for her extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of a loving family.

Molstad has adopted three children diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Kansas Children's Service League nominated her for the award, Molstad said.

Despite their struggles, the two 5-year-olds and 22-month-old were beaming at their mother's side at the program Wednesday. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, attended the program to greet the family with a certificate.

The congressman said he personally is invested in efforts to encourage adoption because all four of his children are adopted.

His two daughters were born in Haiti, he said.

The representative said a Garden City family and Molstad were the award's recipients in Kansas. The two families show others many are capable of raising adopted children, Huelskamp said.

"No family is perfect, no dad is perfect," he said. "I think sometimes they get held back thinking, 'Gosh, I'm not good enough for that,' but they are."

Molstad said her two oldest children, Andrew and Jenny, were adopted in May 2011, but they arrived at her foster home seven months apart in 2008 and 2009. Izaac came to her home in February 2012 and was adopted in May, she said.

Her foster home has had 50 children pass through since 2007, she said. Molstad said she had three foster kids in June, as well as her three children.

Molstad said motherhood is better than her career as a licensed professional counselor.

"It's my mission to be a parent and a mom," Molstad said.

"It's the best job I've ever had."

Molstad said her kids are the ones that deserve the praise.

"In the end, I feel like these guys deserve it. The things they survived, they're survivors," Molstad said. "They are strong-willed kids, and they have to be, otherwise they wouldn't have survived."