Update (February 4):
A Bella Vista family has its newest member safe and sound at home tonight after a long journey.
It’s a moment, Kendra and Jason Skaggs had to wait a long time for when their adoption of daughter Polina hit a few political snags. But finally, their prayers were answered.
“The first thing she said was, ‘Do I get to go with you’,” says Kendra. “Just everything we went through to just finally have her home, I really can’t put it into words.”
The Skaggs’ have been fighting to bring their 5-year-old adopted daughter home from Russia for more than a year.
“When we landed in Houston and we told her it was America, she said ‘America America, Hoorah Hoorah Hoorah’,” says Jason Skaggs, Polina’s father.
It was a happy homecoming.
“Just felt so good to finally go to the orphanage and get her,” Kendra says. “Just to be able to see her and to comb her hair and to put her pajamas on and lay down and hold her was a little piece of heaven.”
Polina was greeted at the airport by other family members who brought balloons to the celebration.
“It’s been an emotional roller coaster for those kids and for everybody involved,” says Daryl Knight, Polina’s grandfather. “Just excited to have a new granddaughter.”
“I think she’s getting it that we’ll be there in the morning when she wakes up,” says Kendra.
The Skaggs’ say they’re very thankful to finally be home with their daughter. Their first family outing is a planned visit to Bella Vista Lake.
Original story (January 23):
A Northwest Arkansas family’s story we’ve been covering for weeks finally gets its happy ending.
The Russian Supreme Court has granted the Skaggs family permission to bring their adoptive daughter home.
Kendra Skaggs told KARK sister station KNWA in Fayetteville on Tuesday that the court has ruled to complete any U.S. adoptions from before January 1, 2013, including Polina’s.
We first told you about this family in December, when Jason and Kendra were less than 30 days away from bringing 5-year-old Polina Joy Skaggs, home from Russia.
But a bill signed by Vladamir Putin just before the new year blocked all Russian adoptions to the U.S. and the Skaggs’ were told they would not be allowed to proceed with their plans.
It was a crushing blow for a family who had already made accommodations for their new daughter.
They even bought a new van to help cater to Polina’s needs, as she lives with Spina Bifida, a physical disability.
But then, with this latest update – a final ruling on her adoption means the homecoming date is set at last.
Kendra said they will arrive home with their daughter on February 2
Click here to read more on the family’s blog.