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Kansas family, in Ukraine for adoption, now trapped

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A Kansas family remains trapped in Ukraine after days of political violence in the country.

The violence has ended for now, but they still can't leave after going there to add four children to their family.

Don Jenkins is stuck in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and reachable only through a choppy internet connection on his iPhone.

"It's getting quite frustrating," he said.

He and his wife are in the country to pick up four children they are adopting. They intended to stay for only a few days, but protests and riots just blocks from their hotel have delayed them by at least two weeks.

They still don't have the necessary passports to bring the kids home.

"It's like, what about us over here? We could really use those final passports to get out of here," Jenkins said.

The Jenkins family decided to adopt a child in need when their pastor, Doug Mingus, approached them as part of a church project.

"We have really been challenging people over the last five years who can adopt. And so we're able to have an environment that helps to support families that are thinking about that to figure those details out, to not have to walk the process alone," Mingus said.

"He asked us to consider it, to pray about it. He sent us some photographs of her. We went home and talked about it. We just felt led to add her to our family," Jenkins said.

The girl they wanted to adopt had siblings, so one became three, then three became four orphans who range in age from 8 to 17. The family hopes the adoption will keep the children away from drugs, violence and prostitution in Ukraine.

"The lives that these kids have if they age out of the system is horrible," Jenkins said.

But for now the new family is stuck in the midst of chaos and running out of money. Their friends, family and Topeka, KS, church congregation are praying for a safe and prompt return.

"Whatever the next steps are, we'll help them figure it out. They're not alone and we want them to feel that from afar," Mingus said.

"No matter how bad I'm feeling I can walk into the other room and see my wife and four kids that are mine, legally my kids, and everything goes away," Jenkins said.

The new family is stranded for now, but a mother's and father's love for their children is already showing.

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