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Recently adopted teens sworn-in as U.S. citizens in Boise

Posted at 9:58 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 11:58:35-04

BOISE, Idaho — Two teenage orphans recently adopted from Ukraine and now living in Nampa have another milestone to celebrate--they're now U.S. citizens.

The Stearns family finalized a two-year effort to bring the teens home back in August. Our crews were there as the family touched down at the Boise Airport. The teens, 17-year-old Serhii and 16-year-old Natasha, both have cerebral palsy and grew up together in the same orphanage after arriving shortly after their birth.

Their adoptive mother says the swearing-in is a wonderful way to end their adoption story.

"They both love America, and it's just really awesome to see them be able to make it sort of more official," said Rebekah Stearns.

The swearing-in ceremony in Boise was held in conjunction with similar events at immigration offices across the country. A number of children took the oath of citizenship during the Treasure Valley event.