Progress made on Topeka family’s passports in Ukraine

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Some progress has been made on a Topeka family’s passports as they wait in the Ukraine. Don and Lisa Jenkins have been stuck in the capital of Kiev since the uprising that overthrew the country’s president. The couple are there to bring back their four adopted children. However, the recent chaos in the country has slowed the processing of their children’s passports.

Two of the three girls’ have been finalized, and the Roman’s [their son] will be completed tomorrow. Unfortunately, the remaining daughter Angela’s passport has a bad ID code [the equivalent of a U.S. Social Security number]. It is a computer issue although the Jenkins say no one is sure what the problem is. The computer issue is at the Ukraine government’s tax department. Unfortunately, many of the former regime’s officials have been fired and those who have replaced them are still learning the system.

The couple’s facilitator in the country is trying to get an experienced employee from the tax department to work with the Jenkins’ to resolve the issue tomorrow. If that happens, the passport will be sent for printing and processing. However, the earliest the family could have all four children’s passports in hand would be Tuesday.

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