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The Columbian: Ukraine babies land at home in Vancouver

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July 20, 2012, 12:48 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by The Columbian

Veronika, 1, and Gavyn, 10 months, were given up at birth by their mothers in Ukraine most likely because they had Down syndrome. On Thursday night, the two Ukrainian babies arrived at the Portland International Airport to start a new life as the adopted children of Vancouver couple Mark and Rebecca Jenks.
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Veronika, 1, and Gavyn, 10 months, were given up at birth by their mothers in Ukraine most likely because they had Down syndrome. On Thursday night, the two Ukrainian babies arrived at the Portland International Airport to start a new life as the adopted children of Vancouver couple Mark and Rebecca Jenks.

Rebecca Jenks accompanied them on the 26-hour journey from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Just outside the airport's security gate, the babies reunited with their new father, whom they met a month earlier while still in Ukraine, and met their new sister Tamara Emler, 15, and brother Brandon Emler, 14, for the first time.

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