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3 Ways You Can Be a Part of World Adoption Day

Each year, members of the adoption triad and anyone else who supports adoption can celebrate with a special day all their own — World Adoption Day. This year, World Adoption Day is today, November 9.

As many know, the U.S. Children’s Bureau names November as National Adoption Awareness Month, and World Adoption Day is just another way that people around the world can support and celebrate the incredible lifelong journey that adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees go through every day.

There are a couple of simple ways that you can get involved in World Adoption Day:

1. Draw a smiley face on your hands and post a selfie with the hashtag #WorldAdoptionDay. If you’re comfortable doing so, share your adoption story on your social media to raise awareness of the beauty of adoption from all sides of the journey.

WOW! Such an honor to see #WorldAdoptionDay across the world. Thank you to everyone with a sharpie and a smile. Keep it going!!

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2. Become an ambassador or join the 391 World Adoption Day ambassadors in organizing events and parties to raise awareness about adoption. You can also become an ambassador just by sharing information about World Adoption Day on your social media.

3. Donate to adoption causes (like supporting your local foster care system) or to families who need financial help with their adoption.

There are several more ways you can spread awareness about World Adoption Day and adoption in general. It’s not important how you do it; it’s just important that you do it. To learn more about this adoption campaign, you can subscribe to the World Adoption Day newsletter and find events near you.