A Pledge to Adoptive Children
The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz has a wonderful practice of asking new adoptive parents to make a formal pledge to their new adoptive children.
In the child's presence, the judge asks new parents to repeat the following promise as part of the adoption finalization. (Based on a prayer in "Guide My Feet" by Marian Wright Edelman):
We, Celeste and Michael, solemnly swear to treat Danielle in all respects as our natural child.
We are prepared to accept this gift of a child to raise. We will share our lives with her, help to mold her mind, nurture her body, and enrich her spirit.
We will never betray her trust, dampen her hopes, or discourage her dreams. We will be patient and kind. We make this commitment willingly.
We will cherish Danielle all the days of our lives.
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