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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

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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