In the last 7 months I have pretty much been immersed in a new culture – the adoption culture.  As soon as we realized we were adopting (read that story here), I began to research adoption and found myself so overwhelmed.  I didn’t know where to start, but I was so thankful that there was an entire community online.  I was also surprised that as soon as we announced that we were adopting and began talking about it, it seemed that everyone has an adoption story!  Even in my small community in East Texas, I found others who are adopting, others who were thinking about adopting, those who were adopted, who have adopted, and the everything in between.  It really was very surprising to me.  I don’t normally hear about it much in my area and I wonder if it’s that way all over?  I wonder if people don’t talk about it much because it seems like it’s not common, or different, or weird?

I’m here to tell you that it is certainly not weird and not as uncommon as you might think!  If everyone who is connected to adoption in any way were to come together and celebrate on the same day, maybe others would feel more confident about sharing their adoption stories, and be more open to adoption in general.  And that would be an awesome thing!  There are so many kids in the world that need families.

Here is how you can help spread the word about adoption and celebrate families that have been grown through adoption:

The first ever World Adoption Day is November 9, 2014!  On that day, I invite you to post a photo of yourself, your family and/or your friends with the “hands up smiley face” (seen in the photos in this post) and hashtag it #worldadoptionday.

Also, I’ve created various size ads that you can use to help spread the word about World Adoption Day.  Feel free to use any of the images below, in as many places as possible.  This is the perfect time to take advantage of all those social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  If you are a World Adoption Day Ambassador, I’ve created special badges just for you to use on your blog, twitter, and etc. and link back to http://worldadoptionday.org.

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I hope that you will consider joining us on November 9th to celebrate families and even share about World Adoption Day ahead of time!

How has adoption touched your family?