Boy who made heartbreaking church plea to be adopted finally finds a family
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In 2013, a 16-year-old boy captured hearts around the nation when he made a plea in front of church congregation for a family.
Davion Navar Henry Only highlighted the struggles faced by many
teenagers in the adoption system when he stood up in a suit and told
worshipers at Florida’s St Mark Missionary Baptist Church:
My name is Davion and I’ve been in foster care since I
was born. I know God hasn’t given up on me, so I’m not giving up
either. I’ll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white,
purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I
Davion concluded by saying he just wanted a family that would “love him forever.”
The footage went viral, leading to millions of people reaching out to
inquire about adopting him and an interview with Barbara Walters on The
View. This all led to the young man being adopted by a minister in
Ohio. Unfortunately, after Davion got into a fight with one of the
minister’s children, he was sent back to Florida and back into the
foster care system.
The one consistent person in all the years
that Davion has been in the system is his case worker, Connie Bell
Going. After watching him slide into a depression for the past year, she decided it was time she did more.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times she revealed that one night last July, Davion called up and asked, “How do you feel about adopting me now?”
For the first time since he had asked her
years ago, “Miss Connie” took the request seriously. The 52-year-old
had three children of her own, one adopted and two biological daughters,
and was a single mother, but no longer being Davion’s case worker made
the application process easier.
In August, he started spending more and
more time with the family. Then, in December, Going got a lawyer and
began taking steps to adopt Davion. “I guess I always thought of you as
my mom,” Davion said to Going last December.
Now, the young man will have his first
bedroom, his first set of siblings, and, most importantly, the one thing
he had been hoping for all along — a parent he can depend on.
The adoption becomes official on April 22nd.