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  • Must I Tell my Child that he is Adopted?

    If someone is considering adopting a child, it cannot be stressed enough how crucial it is for them to discuss the halachos involved with a competent Rav in order to determine what the permissible options are. Written by Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights • Full Article

    Written by Horav Yosef Yeshaya Braun, member of the Badatz of Crown Heights

    If someone is considering adopting a child, it cannot be stressed enough how crucial it is for them to discuss the halachos involved with a competent Rav in order to determine what the permissible options are.

    If the child is not Jewish, it must be ascertained that the conversion process is conducted according to halachah.

    With regards to a Jewish child, the halachah mandates that they be told very early on that they are adopted – lest they believe that their adoptive parents and siblings are their biological family.

    Being ignorant of their status would likely result in the violation of the halachos of yichud (seclusion with someone of the opposite gender) and chibuk v’nishuk (hugging and kissing a member of the opposite gender), which may be permitted among biological family members but are forbidden after a certain age if the child is adopted.

    There is even the remote possibility that a biological brother and sister might marry each other if they are unaware that they have been adopted.

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