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The One and Only … Davion Only

October 24th, 2013

Davion Only. Photo credit and thanks to Tim Boyles/Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco

by Caroline Dunn

Imagine growing up without a loving family, and being alone in a world that seems vast and empty, if you were someone such as Davion Only.

Davion is a 15-year-old boy in Florida’s foster care system. Foster care is when others temporarily care for children whose own families are having problems and they cannot safely stay in their homes. In Davion’s case, his mother had been in prison since he was born.

Davion lives in a supervised home with other boys like him. His frustrations led him to struggle with anger issues and school. In just three years, at age 18, he’ll legally be considered an adult, so his window to be adopted and cared for by a family is closing.

This past summer, he searched for his real mother and learned online that she had died just weeks before.

So he made a decision. Instead of waiting for a wonderful family to find him … he would go out and find a family.

Davion wanted to improve himself first so he studied harder and got almost all A’s, he ate healthier, and he learned to control his anger.

Then he did something incredibly brave.

A few weeks ago, he went to a church in his neighborhood, shuffled up to the front, and in front of hundreds of churchgoers asked if anyone wanted to adopt him.

“I’ll take anyone,” he said, “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, or purple.  I don’t care.  And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”

The Tampa Bay Times was there when he made his appeal and reported it. The story has touched people worldwide.

There are 400,000 children like Davion are in the foster care system in the United States; children with love in their hearts and the capacity to achieve great things.

Crosscut.com  reports that many foster children view their 18th birthday as some sort of Doomsday: without the support of a family, these children are less likely to go to college and even become homeless.

Thankfully, the rate of foster children has decreased over the past decade from over half a million children to under 400,000 children in 2012, according to Newsweek Magazine.   Hopefully in the next decade, the number will decrease even more.

Davion has received over TEN THOUSAND calls to adopt him, according to his case worker, Connie Going, in a recent interview with ABC .

Hopefully children like Davion, and the thousands like him, will find the families of their dreams.

Caroline Dunn is a sophomore in high school, has a passion for reading and hopes to become a writer one day.

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