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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Jewish Childrearing Related Questions (12/12)
Section - Question 21.1.13: Entering the Covenant: What about an adopted child?

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                                  Answer:
   
   An adopted child is treated according to the status of the natural
   parents (assuming that they are Jewish). If the adopted child has been
   converted, pidyon haben does not apply. Baby girls should be named in
   the synagogue; baby boys should be circumcised at the appropriate
   time. If the adopted boy is more than 8 days old and has not been
   circumcised, they should undergo the surgery as soon as it is legally
   and medically permissable. If the child has been circumcized without
   the appropriate ritual, your rabbi should be consulted as to the
   appropriate manner of initiating the child into the community of
   Israel.

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