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.

Latest Rituals

“We have been waiting for you”
closeup of newborn white baby held by adult white hands
“May God make you like our adopted ancestors”
brown-skinned man and woman sitting in a wheat field with sun shining, holding cute toddler between them

“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

mother and baby

Welcoming a child into a new family

mother lifting baby in the air in a field

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

questions about jewish adoption & surrogacy

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