National Adoption Month: The Pfister Family’s story

BLACK HAWK, S.D. -November is National Adoption Month. Over 100,000 children are adopted each year in the U.S., but more than 400,000 remain in foster care.

One local couple has stepped up. They have five children all adopted or fostered.

A few years ago, Meredith and Matthew Pfister were ready to start their family but struggled to conceive.

 “After careful consideration, we decided to skip fertility treatments and any of that and look into adoption and so we landed on foster care,” said Meredith.

Within the past six years, the Pfister’s

have fostered over 10 children and eventually adopted four of those children. 

 “We knew it could be a process, and with foster care, we could jump into it right away. That’s one reason we started with foster care and of course,lO that led to adoption which was great,” said Matthew.  

The Pfisters have given a home to children from all backgrounds. At times they have house six children in their home at once.

Meredith said, “we’ve had teenagers, they’re great. We’ve had babies. We got our daughter Mara as an infant from the hospital, so we’ve had the whole range.”

For many fostering can seem like a tough decision, especially the idea and possibility of having to say goodbye to a child that has become your own.

“It’s hard but we’re grownups and we can deal with heartbreak; you know we can deal with saying goodbye. We want to be able to provide a safe home and a loving home for them while they’re here,” said Meredith.  

This is the Pfister family. This is who they are and Meredith and Matthew are confident that this is exactly how their family is supposed to be.

“You know it took me 35 years, but I feel like this is what I was really called to do and I’m proud to do it and I’m happy to do it,” said Matthew.

Meredith adds, “my hope is that they know that they’re important and they’re loved and they’re special.”

The Pfisters might have a full house, but they say they’re open to adopting more. Their children are between 10-years-old and two-years-old. Here is a few of them have to say about their favorite family activities:

 “We sometimes go to Watiki and during the winter we sled,” said one child, who remains anonymous.  

“I like playing on the trampoline and playing with them on the rocks,” said three-year-old Zoe.

“I like baking with them,” said seven-year-old, Dominic.

The family now advocates and encourages people to foster and adopt, stating that it has been one of the best decisions they have ever made.

For those interested in fostering or adopting, there are several options. Fostering is through the state, which can later lead to adoption. For those solely interested in adopting, there are many agencies throughout the state, ready to assist and support.

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