Davion Navar Henry Only is 15-years-old and has lived in foster care for all of those 15 years. He is proud of all four of his names, having learned the meaning of each: “beloved,” “brown,” “ruler of the home” and “the one and only.”
Davion was born while his mother was in prison for petty theft and cocaine possession. He never knew her and cannot count the number of foster homes he has lived in nor has he ever had a real family. He recently learned that his mother has died and will never be coming to reclaim him.
When he came to this realization he also realized that his anger and the resulting bad behavior would virtually guarantee that he would never realize his dream of being part of a family and so he set out to change himself, to become someone who a family would want.
He got his anger, which had put him into a group home for troubled boys, under control and began to study hard to improve his grades. He wanted to live somewhere where he would not have to ask someone to unlock the door when he needed to use the bathroom.
He has achieved a huge measure of success. He is now behaving himself and is a straight A student, with the exception of geometry where he still has some difficulty.
Last month he asked his case worker, Connie Going to drive him to nearby St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church so that he could speak to the congregation of some three hundred members to ask if someone there might see their way clear to adopt him. He had heard that God helps those who help themselves and was determined to help himself.
When they arrived at the church parking lot he developed a case of cold feet and said, “Miss! Hey, Miss! I don’t want to do this anymore.”
Going told him, “You’re going to be great.”
Wearing a suit he had been given and which was too big for him and a pre-tied necktie, no one had ever taught him how to tie one himself, and clutching the Bible that someone at the home had given him he nervously went in and took as seat.
He listened as the preacher gave a sermon about a letter that Paul had written from prison where, as the preacher said, “Awaiting an uncertain future . . .” Much as he was himself.
He noticed as he waited that it seemed that everyone there had a family, except for him.
When the preacher introduced him he shuffled his feet on the way to the pulpit, wiping his sweating palms on his pants.
He began his plea for a family by saying, “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.”
He finished up telling them,
“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 could be.”
Will his plea for a family get him one? As yet it is still uncertain but two couples have expressed interest and if there is any justice in the world this once lost young man will find the family that he has never had, so desperately wants and is so deserving of.
From TampaBay.org: “At publication time, two couples had asked about Davion, but no one had come forward to adopt him.
If you want more information about Davion — or any of the 120 foster children in Pinellas and Pasco who are waiting for families — call Eckerd at (866) 233-0790. If you can’t adopt but want to donate time or money, call Eckerd at (727) 456-0600.
UPDATE: According to at least one report, the church Davion visited has been flooded with phone calls offering help since the young boy made his heartfelt plea.