When do spouse get children in the book "The Giver?"  

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In Lois Lowery's novel "The Giver" everything is planned ahead of time and there are specific rituals to follow for everything.  There were women who were assigned a job of birth-mothers  For three years these women gave birth to three new-children.  When the new-children were born they were taken to the nurturers.  Jonah's father was a nurture of new-children.  When these babies, (new-children) turned one year old they were given to a couple who had been pre-approved to be a family unit.  The two spouses got their children at a ceremony when the child turned one-year old.  Each family unit was permitted two children and no more.