Couple waiting to leave Ukraine with adoptees

TOPEKA, Kansas (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.

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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