As an orthodox Jew, I married another orthodox Jew. This is a second marriage and he has a son. Am I allowed to touch the boy, as his stepmother, after he reaches the age of 9?
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The question I've heard more often is an adopted child, and I'd assume the theory would be the same. Lo and behold, in that case some rabbis say yes and some say no.
Here's an mp3 from Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb addressing the question in cases of adoption.
I hope your blended family has much success and happiness.