Per the answer to Are children adopted by Jews Jewish? a child that is adopted by Jewish parents when they reach adulthood (13/12) are given the choice of remaining Jewish.

If I know of a child that is adopted and has not yet reached adulthood - perhaps this child will still choose to live as a gentile when they reach adulthood (13/12) - would this retroactively make wine seen by such a child into Yayin Nesech? (sources)

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    Can a child even offer avoda zara?
    – Double AA
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 19:23
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    @DoubleAA, that's now asked separately.
    – msh210
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 19:36
  • @msh210 Not exactly. That could always be due to a lo plug.
    – Double AA
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 19:41
  • @DoubleAA, the question I linked to asks whether a child can make wine yayin nesech. That's the only extent to which your question (whether a child can worship) is relevant here, no?
    – msh210
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 19:52
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    – Seth J
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 23:01

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The Pischei Teshuva (YD 268:8) quoting the Tiferes L'Moshe writes that in the event that the child reverts to the status of a gentile, all the wine s/he has touched will indeed retain the status of wine touched by a gentile child. He qualifies this by saying that we aren't concerned that it might happen until it does, and we allow the kid to touch our wines.

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