More than one-third of Americans have considered adopting, but no more than 2 percent of Americans have actually adopted, according to Child Welfare Information Gateway.
As part of their mission, FamilyLife, a division of Cru, is working to connect these families with the world's orphans.
"As an adoptive parent, I know that the first steps in the adoption process can be a bit overwhelming," said Paul Pennington of FamilyLife's Hope for Orphans and one of the leaders of the Cry of the Orphan campaign.
"As we went through our adoption process initially, we discovered there was a lack of resources and direction about adoption and orphan care written from a biblical worldview," says Pennington, who has adopted 5 children. "Cry of the Orphan seeks to provide that guidance -- connecting families with organizations and resources that can help them along their adoption journey."
A key part of this effort is CryoftheOrphan.org, which has tapped into the extensive resources of FamilyLife, Focus on the Family, Shaohannah's Hope (founded by award-winning musician Steven Curtis Chapman), and the organizations involved in the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
This week, Nov. 17-21, Dennis Rainey of FamilyLife Today will devote his daily broadcasts to showing people how to play an important role in responding to the world's 130 million orphans.
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