By Lisa Stellansdottir and Aimee Simons/For The Richmond News
Amanda Nachtmann started a new life when she arrived at Kansas City International Airport with her two new daughters, Vika and Lena, adopted from Ukraine. Both girls are blind.
Nachtmann, a Braillist and aide at Hardin-Central Elementary School, and her husband, Chet, a security guard at the Job Corps in Excelsior Springs, began the process of adopting their daughters in November 2011. The fruition of their efforts came together March 26 when Vika and Lena entered their lives.
Before marriage, the Nachtmanns discussed what they would do if they could not have children. When they did not conceive, they volunteered to be foster parents.
“But we didn’t get a placement until right before the adoption process got started,” Nachtmann said.
After being contacted about adopting a young blind girl named Vika, the Nachtmanns watched a video of their potential new daughter. They saw a girl named Lena singing in the background.
“This is also my child,” Nachtmann said when she saw the video.
The legal processes to adopt the girls were “weird,” Nachtmann said. There were many documents officials needed from the Nachtmanns, including copies of passports and proof that the couple had paid its bills, all of which had to be forwarded to Ukraine.