One in a Million: Why Dafna Meir HY”D was Raising 2 Foster Children
When I read that in addition to her own 4 biological children, Dafna Meir HY”D and her husband were raising two foster children, I suspected that secondary infertility stood behind the decision to become a foster family. When I found out that Dafna, a nurse and a practitioner of alternative medicine, specialized in infertility issues, that, for me, confirmed my suspicion.
But I was wrong.
Dafna Meir chose to become a foster mother to two children, brothers named Yaniv and Yair, because she herself had been adopted and she was determined to pay back the kindness she herself had received as a child.
At the funeral, Dafna’s adoptive mother Atara spoke:
“You came to us at the age of 13, you were at an institution where every child had a relative to go to, but you didn’t have uncles or aunts or a grandfather or a grandmother or even parents who could have you. So I decided that we would try to make a match between us.”
Atara spoke about Dafna as a teenager, about her decision to join the IDF, about the way she suddenly announced to them, her adoptive parents, her decision to marry Natan only a few weeks before the wedding.
Dafna had recently told Atara that she had decided to become a foster parent when she and Natan were still dating.
When Natan proposed marriage, Dafna told him, “I have one condition. No matter how many children we have, we will also adopt children in addition to our own children.”
Dafna’s adoptive mother continued, “And that’s what happened. They received Yaniv and Yair when they were three years old and 18 months. It hadn’t been exactly simple to find a foster family that was willing to take in both brothers together. They invested in the children with all their hearts and from little, lost Dafna emerged a mensch, a woman, who knew how to contribute and knew how to give.”
In his eulogy, Dafna’s husband, also Natan, related to Dafna’s special background, “My Dafna, she was one in a million, one in a million who grows up in a home that is not a home and succeeds to grow and be heal. Dafna decided she would return kindness to the world, and that is what she did.”
Eulogy reprinted and translated from www.inn.co.il