We heard a lot in the media a while back about the woman who, feeling threatened by her Russian adoptee, a young boy, put him on a plane alone for a one way trip back to Russia. And this story lead the Russians to stop adoptions of their country’s orphans by Americans.
But before this happened, the story of an adoption of a Russian orphan named John, who has a disability, by an American woman, Paula Lahutsky, is chronicled in the book, Boy from Baby House 10: A Child’s Journey from Heartbreak to Happiness, by Alan Philips and John Lahutsky, who is the boy, now a young man. John has cerebral palsy.
And instead of growing up with no education and a bleak future as a Russian orphan, John Lahutsky has a pretty full life now. He is also an Orthodox Christian.
Explore the entire website for yourself: http://www.johnlahutsky.com/index.php
I bought the book, and enjoyed seeing how John was delivered from the horrific Russian babyhouse and now has the opportunities that family support here in America affords him. 3 Reviews (scroll down to read them all): Reviews
Here’s a 2014 post by a United States Senator on the Boy Scouts; John Lahutsky, an Eagle Scout, is featured in the article: Pat Toomey: Scouts shape next generation of leaders July 7, 2014 by Deron Smith
Updates on John Lahutsky: June 10, 2015: Dean’s List, Northhampton Community College, Spring 2015
Reunion with a childhood friend from Babyhouse 10 in Russia, Andrei Sullivan: John and Andrei (Yankee Fans) meet in New York City and catch a Yankees game