The Jenkins Family are headed home after a long wait in Ukraine.
According to Lisa Jenkins’ Facebook page, the family is set to arrive home Saturday night!
The family had been stuck in Ukraine, waiting to finalize the adoption of their four children, but revolution broke out delaying the process.
After several weeks of waiting, the family received the final passport needed, had their final interview with the U.S. Embassy, and are headed home.
Before leaving for the states, Lisa posted this on her Facebook Page:
“If you only knew the depth of gratitude that our family feels to those of you that continually lifted us up in prayer. It helped (along with our own prayer) to get us through.
Thank you to our BNSF management team for working with us and giving us peace of mind that you were supporting us the whole way!!! Our friends at BNSF continually reached out to support us as well. Just like family. It meant a lot!
A big thank you to Pat Roberts and Lynn Jenkins offices for continuously working to get us out of here. In fact, the people at the Embassy told us today they received congressional inquiries daily about our circumstances. So, thank you!!
Thank you to the friends and family back home that helped us stay informed an helped keep our life in Kansas still in operation. You know who you are!!”
The family will land in Kansas City Saturday night around 9:00p.m.
WIBW NewsNow will be there to greet them as they arrive.
A Topeka family trying to get their adopted family back home to the U.S. from the Ukraine are stuck, waiting for the new government to get them passports.
The Jenkins family has been stuck in Kiev since early February.
Through a long process Don and Lisa have been working to adopt four children, but four days before they were supposed to finalize the adoption, revolution broke out.
According to Don, the people who they needed to keep the process going, are gone.
“And there are even people that have switched their allegiance to Russia, and I’m assuming it’s to save their lives in the event something happens. But unfortunately some of those people who are fleeing are some of the people that we’re probably relying on to get our passports to us.”
Don says they call each day to see where they are in the process of getting their fourth and final passport.
“It’s typically one to two phone calls a day and at this point it’s just calling us up to say sorry nothing today, sorry nothing today. So we sit and wait, and sit and we wait. Meanwhile our money is getting a little scarce.”
They have been in contact with the U.S. Embassy to try to speed up the process with no luck.
U.S. Embassy officials are trying to help as well as Kansas U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, but Don says they are being told that the U.S. does not tell the Ukrainian government how to do business.
They wanted to venture out to try and make contact with Secretary of State John Kerry on his visit, but were too afraid to leave their hotel.
Audio Interview With Don Jenkins: