Ukraine crisis impacts Colorado adoptions; Greeley family brings home kids before Russian invasion

GREELEY, Colo. - The showdown in Ukraine is becoming a crisis for some Colorado families in the middle of adopting Ukrainian orphans.

Since last week, Russian troops have taken control of much of the Crimea. In response, President Barack Obama ordered the West's first sanctions against Russia, according to the Associated Press.

Agencies in Denver told 7NEWS the conflict is having an impact on adoptions, as families decide whether to travel to the region during the unrest.

One Greeley family, though, said they finalized their adoption just in time.

"We always wanted to be parents," said Nichole Gorman. "The opportunity presented itself, and we jumped."

Nichole and her husband, Rodney, traveled to Kiev at the end of January to finalize the adoption of Maximus, 10, and Edward, 13.

"We were right in between Independence Square and St. Michael's Cathedral," said Nichole.

The family's personal photos show that from their apartment window, they could see the protests brewing outside. They flew out just in time.

"The fact that we left Kiev on Jan. 22 at 6 a.m. and that night was the first night protestors were burning tires, it's a testament that we got out when we needed to and were able to get home."

This family knows they are lucky.

Jan Wondra with Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption said the crisis will inevitably affect adoptions in the troubled country.

"They may not be canceled, but may well be delayed," said Wondra.

Another Colorado couple, that did not wish to be identified, did not travel to Ukraine because of safety concerns and had to miss an appointment with the government in Ukraine.

They are concerned the adoption will be delayed indefinitely.

Ukraine is the No. 5 country for sending children to the United States for adoption, said Wondra. Americans adopted nearly 400 Ukrainian children in fiscal year 2012.

"These children need moms and dads and this definitely is slowing down the process," said Rodney Gorman.

The Gormans said their hearts go out to families who don't have their children, yet.

They are closely following news coming out of the country, recognizing landmarks from their photos and re-living the trip that finally made them a family.

"Things are not perfect, obviously, but we just know this is the way things were supposed to be," said Rodney.

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