Friday, May 27, 2011

400-408 – Alan & Sarah Philps join us from England to share their amazing story about helping a single woman in America named Paula adopt a little boy from a Russian orphanage.  Their story is now a book entitled The Boy From Baby House 10 (Facebook, Amazon,,  It was featured on NBC's Dateline last month on April 11th (link below).  Later, we'll talk with the the young boy himself, who is now a young man named John Lahutsky.

It was the middle of the night. Vanya had been thinking of ways to escape. He tried to undo the side of the crib, but it was fixed tight. He grabbed the metal bars and tried to pull them apart with all the strength of his puny body. Finally, he collapsed exhausted on the bare mattress. He became aware how cold it was. They had taken away his clothes and he had no blanket . . .

It seemed as if Vanya had slipped into a lower circle of hell where his humanity was slowly stripped away. First his hair was brutally shaved off so he looked like a prisoner. Next, with no one to talk to, his fluent speech deteriorated and his voice was reduced to a whisper. Then, as he was living amid the most distressing scenes of abuse and neglect, he lost his poise and confidence. Finally, his hands began to shake uncontrollably from the drugs he was given to sedate him. He was in free fall towards the depths where a person stops being a member of the human race and reaches a point where he cannot be dragged back.

The Boy from Baby House 10 is the story of a frail little boy with a big spirit triumphing over a callous bureaucracy.

It tells how Vanya, aged only six, alone and incarcerated in a mental asylum, managed to survive the abusive and neglectful care of the Russian state and make his way to start a new life in America.

But more than that, it reveals for the first time the reality of the child care institutions which are truly Russia's last Gulag - a system established by Stalin which exists to this day.

This is a book which looks behind the glossy façade of modern Russia. Tens of thousands of children have been adopted from Russia to the US, Britain and other European countries. This book shows the unvarnished truth about the institutions they come from. //

• Dateline NBC (VIDEO) (4/11/2011) The Boy From Baby House 10, Part 1.  April 11: Meet John Lahutsky, a high school student in America who helps to tell the animated story of a boy with cerebral palsy once named Vanya.  NBC's Keith Morrison reports from Russia, where Vanya's story begins nearly 20 years ago at a clearing house for unwanted children known as 'Baby House 10'.

413-423 – Alan & Sarah Philps

428-438 – Alan & Sarah Philps

443-452 – Alan & Sarah Philps

458-508 – Alan & Sarah Philps

508 – Paul Karpf, Founder and CEO of Financial Recovery USA (, 800-385-0745), has an "A" rating with the BBB, and is one of just ten companies in America certified by the Attorney General as a "Certified Foreclosure Consultant."   • And if you call before 8pm tonight to schedule a "face to face," Paul will have you meet personally and confidentially with one of his counselors for free!  Offices in Orange and Woodland Hills.  Today Paul shares an all-time record with us… just today, he got word that one of his clients got a $276,000 principal forgiveness!

512-523 – Alan & Sarah Philps, and John Lahutsky, who is The Boy From Baby House 10 (Facebook, Amazon,,

528-539 – John Lahutsky,

544-554 – John Lahutsky,

558-608 – Calls – What's your adoption story?  Any of you adopt children out of Eastern Europe?  April shares her story about adopting their four-year old daughter just 5 months ago from the Ukraine, and the website that helped them is

612-623 – Calls – Stacy, a single mom with a 4 year old, was adopted out of Baby House 11!  Another caller put her adopted son from the Ukraine on the phone with us, his name is Danya – he's 11 and into baseball!

628-639 – Calls – Clementine, single and 56 years old, adopted two teen girls just 5 years ago.  Their names are Alicia 19, and Christina 21.  Sean adopted a little girl from Russia two years ago, named Gracie, age 4.

644-654 – Calls – Adrianna shares about adopting her now 4-year old daughter from Belarus back when she was 18 months old.

• Alexandra Alter (WSJ, 5/27/2011) The Season of the Supernatural.  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: Literary authors jump on the fantasy bandwagon, unleashing an onslaught of zombies, werewolves and ghosts.

• LAT (5/26/2011) Crystal Cathedral to be sold to pay off debt, emerge from bankruptcy.