WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today announced the nomination of Mitch and Betty Nisly of Beaver Crossing as 2013 ‘Angels in Adoption.’ The Nislys, who have been foster parents for decades, have nine adopted children and are in the process of adopting a 10th.
“It’s an honor to nominate Mitch and Betty as adoption angels,” Johanns said. “The incredible family they’ve created is nothing short of inspiring. Their commitment to these children is a testament to unconditional love as they enrich the lives of their adopted children, as well as countless other foster children over the years. Their story is an inspiration to us all.”
Since the age of 13, Betty Nisly felt a calling to be a foster parent. Growing up, she was the neighborhood babysitter, always looking after children, sometimes for days at a time. She followed her calling and became a foster parent by the time she was 21 years old. Soon after, she learned she was unable to have children of her own, and adoption was the natural choice.
Mitch and Betty finalized their first adoptions almost 17 years ago. The children - Brandon, 21, Amber, 19, Brianna, 17, Dominique, 14, Nicole, 12, Asia, 10, Daryl, 9, Michael, 9, and Maj, 8 - all came to the Nislys through the foster system. Several of them have developmental and physical disabilities. The Nislys are in the process of adopting a 10th child as well.
In addition to their adopted children, they have been foster parents to dozens of others over the years.
The Nislys will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on October 9, 2013. Since 1999, the ‘Angels in Adoption’ program has honored more than 2,000 groups and families for their outstanding support of adoption and the foster care system. Johanns has been honored to select recipients from Nebraska since 2009. Past honorees include: Steve and Shelley Brune of West Point, Scott and Nicole Sherer of Lincoln, Paul and Mandy Mueting of Kearney and Dave and Laura Whelchel of Harrisburg.