My wife and I have taken a foster child (a wonderful month and a half old baby girl) into our family.
The child’s mother has officially “abandoned” her in the hospital a couple of days after birth, and the father is not known. Thus legally the child’s sole custodian is the state. We will have this child until she is adopted, which could be a matter of several months, or never (though statistically unlikely).
Given that the baby has no human custodians (and will never return to her birth mother), should we have her baptized?
Of course, it might be more prudent to wait for her adoptive parents, but what if it takes years for her to be adopted, or what if she never gets adopted?
I asked a priest I know, and he said he wasn’t sure, but that he’d back to me.
We’re yet to ask our pastor, but I wanted to know if anybody knew/had an idea what the position of the Church would be?
P.S. My question is purely spiritual, and not legal (as the state, at least in our case, cannot decide such religious matters).