Adoption & Baby Welcoming

AdoptionBaby Welcoming ceremonies are an ancient tradition in many cultures around the world. They are the time when people come together to congratulate the new parents, to celebrate the child’s birth, and to talk about their family’s past and future.Some people think that young children don’t have much of a past. I disagree.

Your love for the people who will help you raise your child is a vital part of your child’s history. The quality of his or her life very much depends on that love and the spoken and unspoken pledges you and your loved ones make to each other.

Here are some tips on Baby Welcoming ceremonies from the Celebrant USA Institute and Foundation:

HONOR YOUR CHILD’S PARENTS:
Whether you are your child’s birth parent or not, give thanks and appreciation to those who brought your child into life.

PAY TRIBUTE TO YOUR CHILD’S HERITAGE:
Research traditional clothing, dance, food and décor and include it in your ceremony.

LIGHT A FAMILY UNITY CANDLE:
Have your child’s godparents or guideparents light one large candle using the flames of two smaller candles, symbolizing the relationship betweens parents and a child.

GIVE THANKS:
As any adoptive or birth parent knows, bringing your child into life would have been much more difficult without the help of family members, friends, and professionals. Set aside time during your ceremony to remember the role these people played in your baby’s safe arrival and acknowledge the effort they put forth.

Remember, baby welcoming ceremonies aren’t just about cake and presents. These ceremonies are about your child’s place in your life, in your family and in the world.

Walking, I am listening in a deeper way.
Suddenly, all of my ancestors are behind me.
Be still.
They say.
Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.

— Linda Hogan