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Louisville family adopts 16-year-old Ukrainian daughter

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville family just picked up another member, literally. That makes the total eleven, with nine children.

Becky Williams and her eight kids anxiously awaited the arrival of dad, and 16-year old Tania.

After 9 weeks overseas, and 24 hours of travel they are finally home.

"We were all kind of nervous and more nervous for her we're kind of overwhelming with 8 kids its kind of overwhelming," said Williams.

Tania lived as an orphan in Ukraine. The Williams met her last year when she stayed in Louisville for a hosting program, and started the adoption process.

"It wears you out after awhile but just the frustration of trying to get the process done and get Tania back here and that whole day by day was just very difficult," said Roger Williams, her father.

They showered Tania with gifts to express their love because it's difficult to tell her, she does not speak English.

"She maybe knows a handful of words we've been using apps, iPhones, and iPads to communicate back and fourth," said Williams.

When asked what she's most excited for, Tania says she's looking forward to getting a good education.

The Williams did not have any issues in Ukraine in regards to Russia's ban on U.S. adoptions.

When asked about the issues in the neighboring country, Williams said, "I couldn't imagine at some point in the midst of that being told no this isn't going to work out you're not going to be able to adopt her."

They said they are eager to adopt another child. They have started the process to adopt one of Tania's friends from the Ukraine orphanage.

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