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Franklin family thankful to be home following overseas adoption

Posted: Updated: Nov 24, 2012 04:56 AM
Favor Warton Favor Warton

Perched on her father's shoulder, seven year old Favor Warton hangs ornaments on the highest branches of the family Christmas tree.

For her parents Mark and Missy Warton, she's the biggest reason to be thankful.

"You don't realize how good you have it until you have something stripped away from you," said Missy Warton.

The Wartons traveled to Ethiopia in October to adopt Favor to complete their family. They already had three children, including a son who was adopted from Ethiopia a few years ago.

This time, the trip became a battle for their daughter.

"We were stopped at immigration, we were threatened that the adoption was null and void, that it was suspended, that our paperwork was no good," Mark Warton told Nashville's News 2.

"Both of us knew we weren't leaving Ethiopia unless we were leaving with her," said Missy Warton.

Their Wartons holed up in the city of Addis-Ababa while they took their fight before an Ethiopian judge. Their trip, initially intended to last just four days had ballooned into a 21 night ordeal.

"The judge came back and said it's valid, it's legal, she's your daughter," beamed Mark Warton proudly, "You can go home."

The Wartons returned to the USA in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family complete.

"To come back and have all the pressure gone and have the freedom of being a family, and having our daughter with us is an exciting time," said Mark Warton.

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