Every day, there are roughly 400,000 children living in foster care. One of those children is Davion Only, a 15-year-old boy in Florida who has cycled through foster homes so many times that he has lost count how many there have been. Currently he live inside a group home with 12 other boys.
Recently, Davion did something so heartbreaking it is difficult to imagine: he stood up before 300 people inside a church and asked if any family wanted to adopt him.
As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, Davion came up with the idea to ask the congregation of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church if anyone would adopt him: “He’d heard something about God helping people who help themselves.”
Davion’s mother, who gave birth to him in jail, died in June. She had a rap sheet for petty theft and cocaine. So Davion lived in foster homes through Florida, struggling to connect with caregivers; he had thrown chairs and “pushed people away” who tried to get close to him. But in recent months, after the death of his mother and the ensuing sense of finality that she wasn’t ever going to come for him, Davion applied himself better at school, lost weight, and worked on controlling his outward expressions of anger. Said a program manager at the group home where Davion lives, ”He’s come a long way,. He’s starting to put himself out there, which is hard when you’ve been rejected so many times.”
Following Davion’s plea to the church, two couples had asked for information about him. At press time no one had come forward to adopt him.
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