It’s a smiley face heard ‘round the world!

November 9, 2015, marks World Adoption Day, when adoption will be celebrated across the globe with a simple gesture: a smiley face drawn on the palm of the hand, shared on social media with the hashtag #WorldAdoptionDay.

According to, nearly 11,000 people from 15 countries flooded social media with posts recognizing adoptees, birth families, and the need for adoptive families.

Founders of World Adoption Day hope the movement raises awareness about adoption worldwide.

They encourage people from all walks of life to celebrate the new hope that adoption brings for children and families by doing the following on November 9:

1. Draw a smiley face on your hand.

2. Take a photo.

3. Share it on social media using the hashtag #WorldAdoptionDay.

Founders hope World Adoption Day will motivate others to consider adopting and donate to families who need financial help in completing their adoptions.

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