Home Question Box Should a Catholic couple who adopts a Jewish child raise that child as a Catholic? By Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D. June 16, 2010 Yes. At their wedding, the Catholic couple promises to “accept children lovingly from God and raise them according to the laws of Christ and his Church.” This includes adopted children. That being said, most adoptions these days are “open adoptions” where contact with birth parents is much more common. In some circumstances, it can be very beneficial for a child to be familiar with the religious heritage of his or her birth parents. In others, it might not be. Prudential judgment and discernment with all parties involved are essential elements in deciding what to do.