The 6-year-old Catonsville child, whose life and courage captivated people worldwide, was borrowed from heaven to teach all a lesson in God's love, the Rev. Christopher J. Whatley said Saturday at her funeral.
Gustavo, a 12-year-old orphan from Colombia, is visiting Maryland this month and enjoying a family reunion of sorts. He and nine other Colombian orphans have traveled thousands of miles on what they believe is a vacation, but in reality, they are on a search for a permanent home.
Galen Stevenson repeatedly stabbed his 43-year-old adoptive father inside their North Baltimore apartment. George Stevenson has died from his injuries including a punctured lung and severed kidney, and the boy has been charged as an adult in the attack. Galen is 16 now.
Burke Holbrook, 5, was adopted last year from an orphanage in Nepal, and said goodbye to one of his best friends there, a little boy who was adopted by another family. This year Burke's parents sought to find out what happened to their son's friend, and made a surprise discovery — they live less than 45 minutes away from each other, in Woodbine and Annapolis.
Maryland's adoption statute is silent on same-sex parents, leaving the matter to the discretion of each circuit court judge. Baltimore, according to adoption lawyers, appears to be the only jurisdiction where judges have agreed to treat homosexual couples just like straight couples. Other jurisdictions, attorneys say, are a gamble for would-be parents who are gay.
For 35 years, Ron Ryba dreamed of a reunion with the infant son he and his high-school sweetheart had given up for adoption. Two days before Father's Day, that dream came true over burgers and beer at a Delaware restaurant.