Davion Navar Henry Only has been in foster care all of his life.
He was born to an incarcerated mother, has bounced around the foster care system since he was an infant, and now, at 15-years-old, is taking his life into his own hands.
Nervously standing before worshippers in a baggy, borrowed suit at Florida’s St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church this week, Davion made a plea 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.”
According to the Daily Mail:
It was his idea to approach the St Petersburg church to find his own adoptive parents and take control of his future. In three years time when he turns 18, he is aware that he will be on his own. Davion will turn 16 on February 12 next year.
Just this summer, Davion tried to find his biological mother. He used his birth certificate to search for her and found a mugshot for her arrest for petty theft and cocaine. Then, he found her obituary. That’s when he told his caseworker Connie Going that he knows his adoptive parents are out there somewhere.
In the meantime, Davion is spending his time at Carlton Manor residential group home in Eckerd, living with 12 other teenage boys, all suffering their own problems.
He’s working through his own behavior and anger issues and has also lost 40 pounds in an effort to change his life. And what does he want in that new life?
He longs to play football but has no one to take him to practice; to be able to use the bathroom without someone unlocking a door. He would like the light left on when he sleeps.
He likes to eat ‘Chinese Food or Buffets’ and enjoys football and basketball along with video games, hand held games, cards and watching Cartoon Network. When it comes to his friends, Davion looks for those who are true to themselves and to him.
On his ideal family, the teenager says he doesn’t care if the people are rich or poor or what ethnic background they are from. He would like a family ‘who are nice, fun and that know how to cook!’
The 15-year-old also gives a short description of what he is like for any family out there.
Davion writes that he is: “Nice and fun and would be happy to be adopted! Davion says the nicest thing he has ever done is a save a boy from drowning.”
If you would like to help Davion, visit the Heart Gallery – an organization which helps children in foster care find moms and dads.
We wish him the best and applaud him for his perseverance and bravery.
SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: ZumaPress