When the Circle of Family Grows

An entrustment ceremony may be the perfect way to celebrate the joyous moment when your new child joins your family forever.

Baby shower, bris, christening, naming ceremony.... All of these time-honored rituals herald the arrival of a new baby, but also carry common elements: tradition, community, symbolism, and the passing on of wisdom. By claiming their ancestors’ customs — whether by playing silly baby-shower games or observing religious rites — parents feel initiated into their new roles and validated in their choice to widen their circle of family. The presence of other loved ones at such events also signals community acceptance ...

Parents always celebrate when a new child joins their family. But adoptive moms and dads might want to mark their blessed event with a meaningful ceremony beyond the usual festivities.

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