Child Welcoming

“With each child, the world begins anew.”
-The Midrash

All around the world you can find cultures and communities that use ceremo­nies to officially welcome children into their families and communities. To­day, we see a multitude of family situations where welcoming ceremonies are relevant, including welcoming a child who was recently born into a family, welcoming a child who joined their family through adoption or long-term foster care, and welcoming stepchildren into a new family. These personal­ized ceremonies can identify and mark new family roles that are beginning, acknowledge various cultures/traditions/ethnicity, and share the vision of the family moving forward.

These ceremonies typically involve parents and other important family mem­bers and friends who deliberately, personally, uniquely and publicly mark their intention to love, guide and support the child as he/she grows.

Each family brings their own unique cultural back­grounds, faiths/spirituality, tradition and wishes, which can all be incorporated into a welcoming ceremony to make it personal, meaningful, and unique.

Publically marking the entry of new members into our families is perhaps one of the most joyous celebrations we can share, and acknowledging our responsibilities to our children one of the most serious commitments we can undertake.

Child Welcoming for adoption:
The addition of an adopted child into your home will undoubtedly be a joyous occasion, and many families seek ways to officially welcome and introduce their new addition to immediate and extended family members. Many parents of adopted children have experienced the emotional roller coaster ride of a lengthy process, and as a result, they are eager to share their bundle of joy with the love of family and friends in an official welcoming ceremony. Whatever elements you include, your adoption ceremony affirms your life as a united family.