Hoeven Honors Fargo's Marian Kadrie as Angel in Adoption at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today honored Marian Kadrie of Fargo whom he nominated to receive the Angel in Adoption award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to helping children.

“I was glad to meet with Marian today as she was honored for her many years of tremendous commitment to foster children in Fargo-Moorhead,” Hoeven said. “Marian’s efforts as a teacher and foster mother have improved the lives of hundreds of young people throughout her life. She demonstrates leadership in service which is inspiring to all who meet her, and she is more than deserving of my nomination to be recognized as an Angel in Adoption.”

Marian is in Washington, D.C. this week to be honored at the national Angels in Adoption congressional breakfast and gala. The Angels in Adoption program is organized by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and gives members of Congress the chance to honor their constituents for their contributions to child welfare and adoption. 

Born and raised on a small farm in central North Dakota, Marian graduated from Bismarck High School. She married her husband Orviell with whom she has four children, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Marian worked for more than 40 years at schools in Fargo and Moorhead.

Marian and Orviell began their involvement in foster care with Lutheran Social Services in 1984. Marian has continued her work as foster parent with Cass County Social Services even after Orviell passed in 2006. Over her more than 30 years as a foster parent, Marian has fostered over 300 children and currently has two girls living with her. 

Hoeven has previously recognized Kevin and Paula Burckhard of Minot, District Judge Joel D. Medd of Grand Forks, Roberta Soper of Devils Lake, Sharon Maier of Fargo, Rod and Tracey Belzer of Ward County and Michelle Tweten Schmidt of Minot.