Fostering & Adoption

There are many ways to bring children into a family, whether biologically or through fostering and adoption. When a child joins a family through adoption, the moment deserves to be celebrated and marked ritually. Sometimes an adoption does not work out or a foster child re-joins their birth family, a complex and painful experience for the foster family, and rituals can help us acknowledge these difficult times. Sometimes a prayer for becoming a parent through adoption is needed to prepare for this momentous transformation.

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“We pray that those yearning to conceive, carry, foster or adopt will lead to a joyful outcome”

Prayer for Those Yearning for a Child

“becoming a parent is a significant lifecycle event and merits its own ritual”

Brit Horim: A New Parent Ketubah

“We wrote this ritual to mark the adoption of our son, who was weeks away from his 18th birthday at the time”

Brit Mishpakhah: Marking the Adoption of an Older Child

A mother’s prayer for her child

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Welcoming a child into a new family

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However you find yourself becoming a parent and raising a child you might get a few questions about what makes a Jewish child Jewish

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A ritual to say goodbye to a beloved foster child, modeled on the Jewish baby naming ceremony

Farewell Ritual for Foster Child

Miriam’s Cup reinterpreted to highlight the relationship between adoptive moms and adopted daughters

Miriam’s Cup: A Ritual for Adoptive Mothers of Chinese Daughters

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