Project Aims to Spread Power of Adoption

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One-third of Americans consider adopting, but only 2 percent actually act on the idea.

That fact is the main motivation behind the "Cry of the Orphan" campaign, a project aimed to raise awareness among Christians about the power of adoption and how they can get involved.

This week, several media outlets, including James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio show, have devoted part of their programs to letting families know how they can get to the "next step" in adopting a child or impacting an orphan's life.

"I have visited with children in orphanages around the world and what each of these children has in common is the desire for a family to love and to call their own," First Lady Laura Bush says in a recorded announcement on the Cry of the Orphan Web site.

"You can make a profound difference in a child's life - whether through adoption, mentoring a foster youth, or starting a ministry for orphaned children at your church," she said.

Last year's campaign reached some15 million people. This year, it's projected that more than 25 million people will be reached.

The Cry of the Orphan campaign is sponsored by Hope for Orphans - a ministry of FamilyLife; Focus on the Family, and Steven Curtis Chapman's Shaohannah's Hope. Other organizations involved in the Christian Alliance for Orphans are also supporting the campaign.

Currently, there are about 130 million orphans in the world and more than half a million children are in U.S. foster care.

For more information, go to the Cry of the Orphan Web site.

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