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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka couple trying to bring their four adopted children home from Ukraine remain stuck in the capital city of Kiev, awaiting passports from the new government.
Don and Lisa Jenkins, who also have two grown sons, went to Ukraine in early February to finalize the adoptions of three teenage girls and a 9-year-old boy. But the process has been derailed first by violent protests, then by the installation of a new government.
Don Jenkins told WIBW Radio on Tuesday that some of the Ukrainian officials who could have helped have fled.
Jenkins said money is getting "a little scarce" while he and his wife and the four children wait for the children's passports to come through. He says the U.S. Embassy has been unable to help.
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A Topeka couple and their new family are stranded near the violence that has erupted in Ukraine.
Don and Lisa Jenkins went to the Ukranian capital of Kiev to bring home four children they have adopted. However, they can't leave until they receive final paperwork so the children can receive their visas. The violence has closed down many government offices.
Don Jenkins told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he, his wife and the children are holed up in an apartment less than a mile from the violent protests. He says they can see smoke from the scene of clashes between protesters and the government.
The children are three teenage girls and a 9-year-old boy. Jenkins says they don't when -- or if-- they will get the necessary paperwork.