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POY: Runner UpMadeline Gray, North State Journal When the Coleman family adopted sisters Safi and Sifa from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, they expected the girls to be home with their new family in a matter of months. After more than three years of working with the U.S. government and agencies in the DRC, the girls were finally granted permission to join their adopted parents and four siblings in North Carolina. Their mom Katie Coleman was the only one who had ever met the girls in person before they arrived at the Charlotte airport.

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Madeline Gray, North State Journal

When the Coleman family adopted sisters Safi and Sifa from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, they expected the girls to be home with their new family in a matter of months. After more than three years of working with the U.S. government and agencies in the DRC, the girls were finally granted permission to join their adopted parents and four siblings in North Carolina. Their mom Katie Coleman was the only one who had ever met the girls in person before they arrived at the Charlotte airport.