November is National Adoption Month. In the United States alone, there are over 104,000 children in the foster care system awaiting permanent families. Around the world, there are over 145 million orphans awaiting to be a part of a permanent family.
This is the month to focus attention on this need. As Christians, we are called again and again throughout scripture to take care of the orphan. But are we?
This is the time to step up and be a voice for the voiceless. If you have a Facebook, Twitter or other social media account use it to promote something other than an advertisement for a product you like. Pray about how you can be a defender of the fatherless just like our heavenly Father is. Promote adoption within your church. Support worthy organizations that help orphans worldwide. Stand up in your community for families who foster children. Pray for those who are adopting or fostering children. Reach out to these families in support.
National Adoption Month celebrates its 17th year. As President Obama wrote in his proclamation for this month:
"As a Nation, one of our highest responsibilities is to ensure the health and well-being of our children. With generous hearts and open minds, we strive to make sure all children grow up knowing they have a family that shares with them the warmth, security, and unconditional love that will help them succeed. And yet, more than 100,000 children in America await this most basic support, and still more children abroad live without families. During National Adoption Month, we celebrate the acts of compassion and love that unite children with adoptive families, and we rededicate ourselves to the essential task of providing all children with the comfort and safety of a permanent home."
Many state governors are also issuing proclamations to promote this time when we can focus on the needs of children who desperately need a loving family.
These are children, not statistics. Do what you can to promote their cause.
For more information, you can go to the National Adoption Month website: