The Persinger Family

Harrison County couple Melinda and Chad Persinger have adopted four children through DCCH’s Foster Care and Adoption Program. They adopted two sisters in March 2018 – an extra special adoption for DCCH as it was DCCH’s 99th and 100th adoption!

Chad and Melinda knew they had room in their hearts and home for more children, on top of their two daughters brought to them by adoption and two biological children. In June 2020, Chad and Melinda finalized the adoption of two siblings ages 12 and 15. The Persinger family is now a very happy and busy family of eight.

Chad and Melinda are teachers for Harrison County public schools. Their interest in becoming foster parents grew out of their love for children, their openness to learning, and deep and abiding desire to help when witnessing an overwhelming need (for foster and adoptive parents). They have fostered seven children in five years, adopting four of the children who came to them as foster placements.

Chad and Melinda say, “We are very blessed. People talk about us being blessings but I think it is the reverse. It was an eye opening experience for us to see what children go through. It is nice to provide some security and stability for them.”

To anyone considering fostering or adoption, Chad says, “Being a foster and adoptive parent is a blessing. You will be rewarded for it. If you are thinking about it, give it a shot because so many children need families.”