Adoption Rituals - Ceremonies - Celebrations

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From welcoming home ceremonies to family celebrations and holidays, our families have many ways to observe and honor our special commitments.

Commemorating Occasions

Traditional ways to commemorate anniversaries and celebrations - birthstones, starstones, and anniversary markers, can be incorporated into the varied family observances in our extended and blended families.... [more]

Family Bonding Books

Books with specific tools to promote bonding and inclusiveness such as lifebooks and ceremony planners.... [more]


Resources and information for our families at the holidays. Handling the stress, gift ideas, and shared celebrations and observances.

Entrustment Ceremonies
Unique to adoption, the act of tranferring the parental role is described by Brenda Romanchik. From Insight: Open Adoption Resources.

Gotcha Day (Adoption Day Celebrations)
Susan Ward, adoptive parent and editor of the Older Child Adoption Online Magazine offers some great ideas to commemorate this special day.

A Welcoming Ceremony
A Jewish family shares the welcoming ceremony they created for their new daughter. From Jewish Family.

Temple Sealing
For members of the Mormon faith, a description of this spiritual ceremony, from Two of Us For Now.

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