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.
Fostering & Adoption
Design Your Own Ritual with a Little Help from a Rabbi
Ritual helps us pay attention. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit the breadth of human experience.
What is a Mikveh? An Introduction to the Jewish Ritual Bath [Video]
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Fostering Across Generations: A Letter to our Foster Daughter
As part of a ritual we created to say farewell to our foster daughter, Dafna, below is the story of my family's history