Sikhism's attitudes towards adoption of children

I just wanted to ask about the issue of adoption in Sikhism. I know the issue of adoption in Sikhism usually concerns raising children from one’s extended family but I wanted to know about the issue concerning adopting children that are not related to the adoptee. Is is acceptable for Sikh families to adopt orphaned children who are not born to Sikh Parents? If so do Sikhs raise the child in their traditional religious heritage (eg, raise the child as a Christian if his/her parents were Christian) or raise the child as a Sikh?


I didn’t find the right solution from the internet.

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Hi Michael,

I can only address this issue from a legal point of view. Once a child is legally adopted, the legal parents are permitted to raise their children as they see fit. That may mean following the family religion, or it may mean honoring the adopted children’s religion.