*Hundreds of Christian-sponsored events nationwide will take place Sunday to draw attention to the half million children in the U.S. foster system today.

The national Orphan Sunday campaign, led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans, is an annual grassroots event calling Christians to be involved in adoption, foster care and the global orphan ministry. Local events across the country seek to raise awareness about the orphan crisis and infuse passion into the church to tackle the problem.

“While everyone may not be called to adoption, we are all called in the body of Christ to do something on behalf of the orphan,” said Kelly Rosati, senior director of the Sanctity of Human Life Division at Focus on the Family, in the video program called, “Answer the Cry.”

Rosati, who oversees the FOTF adoption and orphan care initiative, and her husband, John, have adopted their four children from the foster care system.

The “Answer the Cry” DVD program was made by Focus on the Family, Show Hope and Family Life to be used by churches and individuals as a resource tool on Orphan Sunday. The program is hosted by bestselling author Francis Chan and features music performances by award-winning artists Steven Curtis Chapman, who has adopted three children from China, and Mark Schultz, who was adopted himself.

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