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Family Rituals
Adoptive Families' guide to celebrating and remembering special moments

Family life is full of rituals and traditions that bring members together as they celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and a variety of other special events. For adoptive families, some of the most important rituals come at the end of the adoption process, when a new child becomes an official member.

We’ve put together a collection of ways that families come together to recognize the meaningful events in their lives. Plus: see more suggestions for strengthening the family bond in AF's guide to bonding with your baby at

The Importance of Traditions

  • The Tie That Binds
    Whether you follow rituals from your own childhood or establish new ones for your family, traditions are what memories are made of.
  • The Birth of Tradition, by JoAnne Solchany, R.N., Ph.D.
    Family rituals take on new meaning when we bring a child into our homes.
  • Capturing the Spirit of Adoption, by Laura Rittenhouse
    Why and how I created a liturgy to celebrate the adoption experience.

Celebrating Our New Additions

Old Holidays, New Traditions

  • Creating Holiday Rituals, by Bonnie Perkel
    Children love rituals and rhythm, so the more, the merrier.
  • A Mother’s Day Ritual, by Beth Roth
    Recognizing the contributions that both mothers have made in your child’s life.
  • ‘Tis the Season, by Rochelle Green
    Tips and ideas for adding Chinese, Russian, or African flavors to your family’s festivities.

Everyday Rituals to Help Your Family Bond

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