They arrived from Russia in the hopes of finding a family to love and adopt them.
My husband, Scott, and I first met Katya, Alex, and Svieta on a Sunday in August of 2002 when they were 9, 8, and 6 years old. They arrived from Russia as an older sibling group hoping to be given a chance to find a family to love and adopt them.
Scott and I immediately fell in love with Katya, Alex, and Svieta and decided to adopt them two days later. After spending the final week of their visit to America with us, the children were required to return to Russia while Scott and I completed the adoption certification/dossier process.
The day that we put them on the bus for the return trip to the airport will forever be one of the saddest days of our lives. For the next eight months, the only contact we would have with Katya, Alex, and Svieta were the four letters that they were able to send us. They wrote that they cried often because they missed us and asked us to come and get them. It was heartbreaking to know that they spent each day wondering if we were coming while we spent each day wondering if they were happy and hoping that they were safe.
It took several months after our children returned to Russia for our home study certification, dossier, and immigration paperwork to be completed so that we could obtain an adoption court date in Russia. In April of 2003, we were finally able to come together as a family.
Katya, Alex, and Svieta are now incredible young adults. Katya and Svieta are college students who serve in the Army National Guard, and Alex is serving in the U.S. Navy. The joy that I have experienced being able to be a mother as well as the opportunity to help other deserving children find their forever family are the motivating factors for co-founding Building Arizona Families.