Nampa family adopts Ukrainian teens after two years

Posted at 5:24 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 07:01:26-04

NAMPA, Idaho — A happy ending for one Nampa family Wednesday as they welcomed two new family members. The Stearns family has been working for the past two years to adopt two teenage orphans from the Ukraine.

That hard work finally paid off Wednesday night, as the teens stepped off a plane in Boise; finally arriving at their new home. Friends and family were on hand to welcome 17-year-old Serhii and 16-year-old Natasha.

The two teens are unrelated, but grew up together in the same orphanage -- after being given up shortly after they were born because of their cerebral palsy.

The Stearns family described the moment the teens stepped off the plane. "It's just surreal. We are extremely thankful. Every milestone seemed more uphill and harder than it needed to be. So every time we get over one of the humps, it was like, 'Okay, we are that much closer,'" said Rebekah Stearns.

The Stearns family worked with the Tennessee-based non-profit group Both Hands to help adopt Serhii and Natasha.