Lost Passport Nearly Stops Family From Adopting Ukraine Teen - FOX 35 News Orlando

Lost Passport Nearly Stops Family From Adopting Ukraine Teen

Posted: Updated:
The Mountain family has spent several months trying to adopt a 15-year-old from Ukraine. The Mountain family has spent several months trying to adopt a 15-year-old from Ukraine.
PHILADELPHIA -

In a second floor conference room at Philadelphia's Airport Marriott hotel, they worked the phones: Reagan Mountain, her brother-in-law toby, and FOX 29's Bruce Gordon- all looking for a way to cut through the red tape separating a family from its newest member.

Reagan and her husband, Tom, have spent several months and thousands of dollars trying to adopt a 15-year-old girl from Ukraine- known to the family by her nickname, "Liza.'

But there's a problem.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mountains landed in Philadelphia on their way from Raleigh, North Carolina to Kiev.

Within minutes, Reagan realized her passport, and those for two of her children, had been lost or stolen.

"I lost it," she says. "I was not brave. I was not together. I fell apart."

That passport is needed to get Reagan to Kiev, for a vitally important adoption meeting set for Wednesday morning.

No passport, no meeting, and likely no chance to adopt 15-year-old Liza- just two weeks away from her next birthday.

"In Ukraine," she explains, "when you turn 16- that's 18 here- you're released." Kids are on their own, "and they're not equipped to be on their own because they've been in an institution their whole life."

"Her parents were alcoholics. She was abandoned at age 6. She has memories of wandering the village- naked- searching for food."

"She needs a father to walk her down the aisle. She needs a mother there when she has her first baby. She needs a family for the next 50 years!"

FOX 29's Bruce Gordon put in a call to Philadelphia Congressman Bob Brady.

Within minutes, his office had Reagan in contact with the State Department, which agreed to open the Philly passport office early Tuesday morning, so the family can get the documents they need to catch a Tuesday afternoon flight to their Kiev adoption meeting.

As it became clear to Reagan that she might yet be able to make her meeting and adopt Liza, she broke down in tears. One of her three biological daughters quickly comforted her. "You shouldn't be crying," said 14-year-old October. "This is good news!"

Tom Mountain is already in Kiev- he still has his passport. But he is without luggage.

It was stranded in Philadelphia when the family's travel plans changed.

There are still several logistical hurdles to overcome. But the Mountain family is a bit closer to saving the life of a girl half a world away.

  • Bruce Gordon ReportsMore>>

  • Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:59:13 GMT
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 

  • Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:24:23 GMT
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
  • Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 7:10 PM EST2014-01-30 00:10:03 GMT
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

    Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

    A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption.
    A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption.
  • September Sizzle

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:03:36 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

     

     

     

     

    Summer is not over just yet! Today will be very hot and humid with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and mostly sunny skies.  A cold front will bring some thunderstorms tonight, some of which may be severe.

    Wednesday will be less humid but it remains warm all week long.

    Tuesday (93/72): Clouds/Storm

    Wednesday (88/74): Sun/Clouds

    Thursday (89/67): Sunny/Hot

  • All Bets Off As AC's Revel Hotel Casino Shuts Down

    All Bets Off As AC's Revel Hotel Casino Shuts Down

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:41:14 GMT

    Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino has officially closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening and following months of financial struggles.

    Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino has officially closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening and following months of financial struggles.

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices