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American adoptive mothers get their Russian kids

Sunday - 2/10/2013, 1:42am  ET

Jeana Bonner, left, of South Jordan, Utah, and Rebecca Preece from Nampa, Idaho, sit with their adopted children at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. After weeks of anxiety, plodding through the opaque Russian legal system and suffering wallet-thinning expenses, two U.S. women have custody of their adopted Russian children and are preparing to take them home to start a new life together. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

JIM HEINTZ
Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) -- After weeks of anxiety plodding through the opaque Russian legal system, two U.S. women have custody of their adopted Russian children and are preparing to take them home to start a new life together.

Jeana Bonner of South Jordan, Utah, and Rebecca Preece from Nampa, Idaho, told The Associated Press on Saturday about the expenses, the confusion and emotional swings they've gone through since arriving in Moscow in mid-January, expecting to quickly leave with their children, both of whom have Down syndrome.

The Bonners and Preeces each have another child with the syndrome.

Bonner and Preece, and their husbands Wayne and Brian, had spent about a year, including multiple trips to Russia, to arrange for the adoption of the 5-year-old girl and 4
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