He stood at the pulpit that Sunday in September, sweating in a donated suit, clutching a Bible he had borrowed from his boys home.
“My name is Davion,” he said softly. “And I’ve been in foster care since I was born.”
Davion Navar Henry Only, 15, told the church full of strangers he never knew his real family. “But I know God hasn’t given up on me,” he said softly. “I just hope he finds me a home — and a family.”
The Tampa Bay Times story was picked up by news outlets across the world. Davion’s plea to be adopted was featured on Good Morning America and Al Jazeera America and in People.Producers flew him to New York to talk to Barbara Walters onThe View.
And 10,000 people from across the globe called to ask about helping or adopting him.
The foster agency, Eckerd, had to bring in 60 volunteers to man a phone bank. “The number of inquiries has increased almost three-fold,” said Eckerd spokesperson Terri Durdaller. “Davion is a hero.”
Davion’s plea helped other foster kids around the state. One official called it “the Davion effect.”
But six months after he stood up in that church, Davion still hasn’t been adopted.
“Something doesn’t seem right. I pray about it,” said his mentor, Richard Prince, 22. “He’s changed schools and foster homes, and he’s not allowed to tell me certain things. People want to hear a happy ending, but it’s not too clear what’s going on.”
Source: Tampa Bay Times | Lane DeGregory