Re: Adoption

maayan@inter.net.il
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 09:54:26 +0300 (IDT)

With regards to the question about adoption- I think it is important to add
that although the adoptive parents feel the same way as "biological"
parents do, the Halacha (Jewish Law) does not permit the regular physical
closeness of a parent to the child. In other words, after a reaching a
certain age of maturity ( usually 9 years and above), an adopted son may
not be in the room alone with his adoptive mother, and the adopted daughter
may not be kissed by the father, etc. I know that this is extremely
difficult for adoptive parents to get used to, and a Rabbi should always be
consulted about specific problems such as what to do if no one else is in
the house besides the parent and child

Hope I have helped a little,

Maayan