15 year-old foster kid, Davion Navar Henry Only had an idea that spawned from the age-old biblical quotable, “God helps those who help themselves.” The parentless teenager went to church with his caseworker, Connie Going and said to the congregation, “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 could be.”
Davion’s pleas initially received no response, but now the Florida church where he begged for an adoption is reporting that they’ve received a “flood” of calls of potential parents interested in adopting Davion. “It has been just an awesome outpour,” Cynthia Coney, a secretary at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, said. “We’ve been getting calls from as far as Utah and forwarding them to his adoption agency.” Coney wanted to adopt Davion, but her husband explained that there wasn’t enough room in their home.
Davion’s emotional admission comes after years of being in the system after his mother (a drug addict and criminal) failed him. He struggled in several foster homes, often throwing chairs, blowing his grades and pushing the foster families away. Davion’s heightened emotions stemmed from the anger her had towards his mother and the lost hope that she’d come and rescue him.
Once he heard of his mother’s death earlier this summer, (after trying to find her) Connie said he made a change. He’d let go of his anger and started controlling his behavior to prove to everyone that he was indeed a good kid. Davion just wanted a home. ”I know they’re out there,” he told his caseworker. Though he is shy, he said he wanted to talk at a church. “Maybe if someone hears my story … ”
”He’s come a long way,” said Floyd Watkins, program manager at Davion’s group home. “He’s starting to put himself out there, which is hard when you’ve been rejected so many times.” Statistics show that after the age of nine, getting adopted becomes increasingly harder. As Davion approaches 18, his chances were slim to none, so he decided to take his fate into his own hands. This isn’t an unorthodox procedure for older orphans. Thank God it has paid off, as there are now so many families interested in taking him in.
This story warms our soul. Hopefully Davion will be placed with one of the interested families soon!
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