Fischer, Smith Nominate Phillips Family of North Platte As “Angels in Adoption”

Oct 6, 2017

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Representative Adrian Smith (Neb.-03) have nominated Matt and Jerri Phillips of North Platte, Nebraska as “Angels in Adoption” for 2017. Matt and Jerri adopted seven siblings, Kris, Cassidy, Amanda, Denise, Dylan, Sterling and Shelby, in March 2017. The children range in age from five to 15. Matt and Jerri also have four adult biological children and two grandchildren.

“Matt and Jerri’s story is an inspiring example of how adoptive parents can forever change the lives of children in need. With love, structure, and stability, the seven siblings are now flourishing. I am touched by the Phillips family’s willingness to keep these children together and give them a better life. It’s a privilege to nominate this remarkable family for such a well-deserved honor,” said Senator Fischer.

“The Phillips family received two nominations for this year’s Angels in Adoption award, a testament to their lasting impact not only in the lives of the children they have fostered and adopted but also in their community and our state.  Matt and Jerri have made great sacrifices to create a forever home for seven adopted children, and it is an honor to join Senator Fischer in recognizing their extraordinary generosity, love, and commitment,” said Congressman Smith.

Founded in 2001, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), a non-profit organization, provides programs to bring together policymakers and individuals with direct foster care or adoption experience.

The “Angels in Adoption” program is coordinated by the CCAI.  Each year, Members of Congress have the opportunity to nominate individuals, couples, and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families.