Long-time visitors to this blog may remember the story of Davion Only. In 2013, the then-15-year-old Davion stepped in front of a church in Florida and asked if someone would adopt him.
Davion was born in prison to a mother he never knew. He entered into the foster care system at a very young age, and bounced from family to family, hoping to eventually find a permanent home. By the time he reached his teenaged years, Davion decided to find out what he could about his birth mother. An Internet search revealed a mugshot of his mom—and the sad news of her passing weeks earlier.
Instead of becoming despondent over the loss of the mother he never knew, Davion became committed to finding a family that he could truly call his own. Wearing the only suit he owned, and with a Bible provided by the boys’ home where he was living, Davion addressed about 300 parishoners at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Naples, Florida, and asked if someone would be willing to adopt him.
“My name is Davion,” he said, “and I’ve been in foster care since I was born. … I know God hasn’t given up on me, so I’m not going to give up, either.”
Thanks to the Internet, Davion’s plea became national news. Over 10,000 people contacted the foster family agency assigned to Davion, inquiring about possible adoption. He was interviewed by Barbara Walters on national television. A pastor in Ohio agreed to adopt Davion, and he moved north to begin a new life with the minister and his family. However, a physical altercation with one of his new siblings caused his new family to reconsider adoption. He returned to Florida, once again alone and without a family.
But now, Davion has finally found the family he has been seeking. And, as it turns out, he didn’t have to go very far.