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Teen Orphan’s Heartbreaking Adoption Plea

photo courtesy of Melissa Lyttle/Tampa Bay Times

“Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”, Davion Only professed in front of a church full of parishioners. The 15-year old took to his plea for adoption to a church in St. Petersburg, Florida, hoping his prayers would be answered.

Davion, in a donated black suit that was too big for him, asked for the one thing that he wants most – a family, saying,  “I’ll take anyone,” Tampa Bay Times and report.

Only was born to a jailed mother, who died before he could get to know her, and spent his short life being shuffled through foster homes.

Davion, now living in a group home with 12 other boys, says feeling abandoned led to anger and behavioral problems.

But upon learning of his birthmother’s death, he lost weight, got his anger under control, and became a straight A student in school.  He grew frightened of never being adopted and chose to take matters into his own hands, and seek a permanent family.

That’s when he enlisted the help of his social caseworker, Connie Going, who took escorted the teen to the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., to ask the 300 parishioners if one of them would adopt him.

He addressed the congregation.

photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Times/

“My name is Davion and I’ve been in foster care since I was born,” he explained. “I know God hasn’t given up on me. So I’m not giving up either.”

And it appears that his prayers may have been answered. Terri Durdaller, spokesman for Florida Department of Children and Families Suncoast region, claims as of today Davion’s foster home had received at least 300 inquiries.

If you would like more information about Davion, call 866-233-0790.

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