Older Child Adoption – A Jewish Communal Conversation

February 10, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

When people think about opening their homes and hearts to adopted children, they typically think of “adopting a baby.” But right now, in the US, there are more than 100,000 children in the foster care system who are waiting for loving, permanent adoptive homes. These children are all of different ages, ethnicities, geographic locations, and family backgrounds. Many of them share a unique resilience, a hopeful spirit, and a yearning for “fovever families” to call their own.

This interactive session will explore the joys and journeys of adopting older children through the foster care system, as seen through a uniquely Jewish lens. A Beth El member who has adopted through the foster care system will share her perspectives on this type of adoption, side-by-side with Rabbi Greg Harris, Beth El’s senior rabbi, who has worked with this adoptive family to craft Jewish rituals and a Jewish education program to fit the family and welcome this child to the Jewish community. They will be joined by a representative of the Barker Adoption Foundation, a Bethesda-based non-profit that has a program tailored to helping people adopt through the foster care system; she will explain how older child adoptions work, share her perspectives based on the numerous families with whom her organization has worked, and provide resources for further exploration.

Anyone who has thought about building a family through adoption, or who simply wants to learn more about the various adoption options, is welcome to join this conversation. Together, we will share information about the children who dream of their forever families and explore the ways in which older child adoption is a deeply meaningful expression, and celebration, of Jewish values.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.


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