In contemporary homes, starting a family is often a deliberate choice. The decision to bring children into your life — whether through conception, insemination, or adoption — is a joyous moment. For some this process may be very quick. For others the process can be financially or emotionally taxing. We do well to pause, taking note of how enormous an occasion this is.
A prayer for the gift of an adopted child in which the baby is welcomed, the parents pledge to create a good and Jewish life for the child and ask God's blessings for the baby's health and well-being. [more]