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Finding Jewish Adoptive Families

Considering adoption for your baby is a huge step, and it’s likely one that you’re taking because you want him or her to have the best life possible. Maybe you aren’t sure that you can provide that right now, or maybe you don’t think you’ll ever want to have a child. Whatever the reason, as a Jewish woman thinking about adoption for her baby, it’s understandable that you may feel strongly about searching specifically for Jewish adoptive families.

Why would a pregnant woman want to find a Jewish adoptive family?

There are many reasons a woman might wish to look for Jewish adoptive families for her baby, whether she herself is Jewish or not. Ask yourself if the following aspects of growing up in a Jewish home are important to you:

  • The sense of community: Judaism, at its center, is designed to be a community religion. A Jewish child will be raised with a set of customs and laws that give him or her access to a community who worships and celebrates together.

  • Celebrating Jewish holidays: Is it important to you that your child celebrate holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?

  • Observing Shabbat: Is it important to you that your child observes a day of rest to focus on their faith, their spiritual ideals and their connection to others?

  • The positivity of Judaism: The Torah is all about choosing life and prosperity. This type of positivity in a religion can be extremely therapeutic and comforting as a child grows into an adult.

  • Studying Jewish ideas and texts: Judaism itself has an extremely rich history and a wealth of literature to immerse oneself in. Is it important to you that your child understands the ancient beauty of this faith?

If it’s important to you to find a Jewish adoptive family, this is absolutely something American Adoptions can facilitate. We work with adoptive families of all types of backgrounds, and many of these are wonderful Jewish families. To look through some of the Jewish adoptive families who are currently active with our agency, you can use this tool.

However, keep in mind that we are always working with families in various stages of the adoption process, and many aren’t quite to the point of putting their profile online. We encourage you to speak with your adoption specialist for help finding the perfect adoptive family, even if you don’t initially find them by browsing the profiles that are online.

Questions to Ask Jewish Adoptive Families

It can be intimidating to start up a conversation about religion with an adoptive family you’re just getting to know, so consider asking questions like the following:

  • What drew you to Judaism? Were you born into the faith or did you convert?

  • What is your religious community like?

  • Why are Jewish values important to you?

  • What is your own religious background like? What was your experience growing up as a Jew?

  • How do you plan to teach your children about Judaism?

  • Is it important to you that your children be regularly surrounded by others who practice Judaism?

What other characteristics should you look for in Jewish adoptive families?

If you’ve decided you wish to consider Jewish adoptive families for your baby, that’s great. However, you may want to consider some other characteristics of the adoptive family, as well:

  • Is it important to you that your child grow up with brothers and sisters? Some women prefer to place their child in a home where they are guaranteed other siblings, while others wish to place their babies with parents who haven’t been able to conceive on their own yet.

  • Do you have strong preferences about where your child is raised? As a national adoption agency, American Adoptions works with families across the country. If you want your child to grow up on a Midwestern farm, that can be arranged. If you envision him or her growing up in a large urban area on a coast, that is a possibility for your baby as well.

  • What other values do you want to have in common with your child’s adoptive parents? When looking to find a Jewish adoptive family, you get the reassurance of knowing your child’s adoptive parents will emphasize the same religious values you do. However, do you have strong feelings about other aspects, such as politics, that you’d like to have in common with your child’s family?

Remember that no matter what you’re looking for in the perfect adoptive family, American Adoptions can help to make your dream a reality. To learn more about Jewish adoptive families or to start the adoption process, please call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION, or request free information here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions accepts a limited number of families into our gender-specific program. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn whether we are currently accepting families into this program. With this option, families pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criterion. This fee is in addition to other program fees and covers additional advertising. The fee is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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