Orphan Davion Goes To Church To Ask ‘Anyone’ To Adopt Him So Let’s Find Him A Family

safe_image.phpCan we all adopt Davion Navar Henry Only? He is 15-years-old, gets straight A’s in school (except for geometry) and badly wants to play football, if he only had someone to drive him to practice. Davion has experienced anger issues before, throwing chairs, blowing off his grades, yelling at people, but mainly because he felt so angry that his own mother had abandoned him. He was born while his mother was in jail, and one day he took his birth certificate and looked up information on a library computer and discovered that his mom had died just a few weeks before. He has lived in numerous fosters homes, and at Eckerd’s Carlton Manor residential group home. Then one day in September, wearing a hand-me-down suit his foster family had given him, he attended church and with the support of his caseworker appeared in front of the congregation at the St. Mark’s Missionary Baptist. According to The Tampa Bay Times:

‘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 decided he couldn’t wait for someone to find him. In three years, he’ll be on his own.

”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 … “

What a brave young man, especially since according to the article he has “been rejected so many times.” I hate the idea of any kid feeling that way and I wish I lived in the area so I could adopt him. Hopefully he will find a family soon, according the article:

(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 counties 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.)

Someone out there has to be the perfect home for Davion. If you know anyone, please pass this along. I hope this story goes viral and I hope Davion finds a home and I hope he knows we are all out here rooting for him.

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    • chickadee

      That poor baby. I understand that the voicemail for the agency is currently full, so I hope that means someone is going to adopt him. He needs a family before he ages out of the system, and because everyone needs a family.

      And THANKS, Eve, for making me weep this early in the day.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        He is adorable. I want to adopt him :( I hope he gets the most wonderful family ever and I want that for every kid, but this kid just broke my heart

      • chickadee

        Me too! I think it’s because he has taken his fate in his own hands and is trying to find a family on his own — the whole foster system is struggling and to see that one of the kids who is currently in it is trying to get out of it is so touching (that sentence was awkward!)

      • MammaSweetpea

        Awkward, perhaps, but heartfelt and so true.

    • JLH1986

      The foster system/adoption on the whole, at least here in KY, is a mess. The hubs and I are planning on fostering when I’m closer to graduation (7 more blessed months!) and it’s a mess, they make it so difficult and they haven’t even met with us. I understand a strenuous system so that people aren’t just getting kids willy nilly, but even getting information is difficult. We would totally take him if you know…he was near us.

      • Ginny

        I have some friends who are fostering to adopt and they have expressed the same issues. They’re ready to adopt these 3 kids but the state just keeps jerking them around. The adoption date has been pushed back twice. Then I go to work (I’m a teacher) and see kids in foster homes that gave terrible lives and yet the state isn’t breathing down their necks. Kentucky has some issues for sure!

      • JLH1986

        It’s heartbreaking, because while they are ruling out people just looking to do whatever, they are also making it very hard for people who would make excellent foster/adoptive parents. As with all things I think letting a couple people who’ve been through it run it would do wonders.

    • Mikster

      It is so heart-breaking, especially having children, you regard other children with protectiveness as well. I hope he gets his forever family. He sounds like he has an exceptional future ahead of him.

    • Kimberly

      If they could send him to Colorado I’d love him and squish him and be that family that he is looking for. :( I hope he winds up with an awesome family! He certainly deserves it, like every other child in the world.

    • Fost-her

      Aw, well aren’t you all wonderful. “I’ll take him and love him and be his family…if only!” If only what? If you mean what you say, then go adopt a foster kid. Trust me, there’s no shortage. Just because you can’t adopt this *adorable* boy doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of *adorable* foster kids in your area.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Of course there are! My only issue is I have an elderly relative with us now so I need to sort all that first.

      • Fost-her

        Listen, you don’t HAVE to foster/adopt. But, if you have no intention of actually doing so, don’t make it sound like you “so totally would” if only x, y, z. That’s asking for praise and admiration without doing any of the work.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        OR maybe it’s just I have a platform here and I want to spread the word about kids who need to be adopted and I figured I would share his story in hopes that people who are in a place to adopt consider doing so.

      • Fost-her

        Yes, that part’s good. What bothered me was yours and Kimberly’s comments. I believe you also had an article once about a baby who was left on someone’s doorstep, and how you would take that baby “in a heartbeat.” It’s one thing to say, “I hope this kid finds a good family,” and it’s another to say, “I’ll be this kid’s mom and I’ll be the best darn mom he’s ever seen!” making it about you instead.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        It makes sense you would be “bothered” by people who wish they had the financial means and space to be able to adopt children.

      • Ally

        I too, am often “bothered” by people wanting to help but citing money and responsibilities as “excuses”. Such a-holes.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Not as big as the assholes who “foster” these kids for nefarious reasons and shove them back in the system when they decide they are too much work.

      • CMJ
      • Fost-her

        Yes, seriously. You guys spend a lot of time complaining about “sanctimommies” without realizing how much you sound like them yourselves.

      • CMJ

        I really don’t understand how wishing I could adopt a wonderful human like Davion and not being able to makes me a sanctimommy.

      • Pzonks

        The way I’m reading the posts above the anger is more directed at comments like “I would adopt him IF he lived here!” or “I would adopt him IF I had a bigger house!” when really even if both those things were true people likely wouldn’t be lining up to adopt an older kid. The fact is there ARE lots of kids in the system looking for families all over the country. Can’t get Davion? That’s fine, sadly, there are tens of thousands of kids just like him.

        You don’t NEED a big house to have kids, be they biological, foster, adopted, or just living with you. It’s a nice to have but it’s not a need.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Agreed, but here’s the thing: if someone is THINKING they should have a bigger house, they should NOT adopt or foster a kid. if someone is THINKING they need more money, they should not adopt or foster a kid. No one who is having ANY second thoughts (and I mean, serious second thoughts, not fleeting tiny thoughts) should NOT adopt or foster a kid. OR have a kid, but since we are talking about kids who are orphans I will stick to that.

      • Pzonks

        I would agree with the second thoughts but let’s be real, people who are saying, “I’d adopt him IF I had a bigger house” or “I’d adopt him IF I live in Florida” wouldn’t really do either, they’re just saying they would while having no intention of ever following through, they’re just spurting out words that they think make them sound good. it’s like anything else, if you REALLY wanted to do it, you’d make it happen either now or in the future. Walking the walk vs talking the talk.

        But you know it’s how people (predominately in the US) talk these days, they don’t say what they really mean. “That’s the cutest dress EVER!” “I’ve NEVER seen a more adorable baby!” “Best game THIS YEAR!” “I would TOTALLY do it BUT….” It’s all over exaggeration and wanting to avoid being negative.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        OR maybe they are doing what most people do when thinking (out loud) about something they would really like to do. Maybe they do need a bigger house because they want to give a foster kid their own room because they realize kids in these situations share a lot. Maybe they want more money in case the kid needs medical care or they want to pay for them to go to college. This is such a bizarre thing to be negative about, it gives me hope that a lot of people wish they could adopt and are considering doing so.

      • Katia

        I disagree. Many people are brainwashed by McMansion culture to believe they need a big house with many separate bedrooms. Travel in Europe and Asia and you will see otherwise

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        No, see, it’s not even THINKING about the bigger house, to me that’s just an indication the potential parent isn’t ready and I lived in Europe, so I am pretty familiar with smaller houses

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        See, now while I agree with Eve, I also agree with you. BUT some people might legitimately need a larger house, whereas some people totally are blinded by McMansions. It depends on the person.

      • Larkin

        Yes! Exactly! I actually totally understand the righteous indignation that’s going on here. She’s not upset that people wish they could adopt him, or that they’re touched by his story. That part’s awesome! She’s upset that people are essentially *pretending* they legitimately want to adopt him.

        Really feeling like you don’t have enough space or money is one thing. That’s fine. But a lot of the comments above said, “I would adopt him if only I lived in the area.” I’ll bet there are foster kids waiting for homes near you, no matter where you live. Davion is just one kid. If distance is *really* the only thing stopping you, then you should look into adopting through your local foster system.

        That’s what she’s saying. Not that people should be adopting kids whether they’re ready or not. Just that there’s no point claiming you would totally adopt that kid if he were only closer, when you have no interest in adopting the kids that *are* looking for homes in your own backyard.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        I totally said “I would adopt him if only I lived in the area.” but I am also actively trying to foster and hopefully adopt in my own area. How do you know every person who said this isn’t. Obviously many aren’t, but there are more people interested in fostering than you might imagine.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        But sometimes the “I would but…” argument is legit. I have fostered older kids in the past, and will again. BUT I can’t right now (for personal reasons).

        Maybe the house really is too small for these people. Here in NYC ACS won’t allow you to foster unless you have what they deem to be enough space. That right now is one of the issues I have (among others). If you have other family issues going on (perhaps like Eve with her older relative being there, IDK the details) ACS will deny you too. I know this because I have been there and done that. Knowing your limits at the moment and refraining from bogging down the foster system with an application that will be denied anyway is a good thing in my book.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        I kind of get her argument (get it, I don’t agree with it). She’s saying she doesn’t think you should say you would do it if you don’t intend on doing it. I think it’s a weak argument though.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Sanctifostermommy

      • Fost-her

        I’d like to know (honestly) how this is different than when you tell anti-choicers who suggest adoption as an alternative, “I don’t see you /actually/ adopting these kids! Good intentions aren’t going to solve anything!”

      • momjones

        Honestly? Most vehement anti-choicers tend to care about the pre-born only until they are born. Once the child is born, many of the pro-lifers tend to be the types who are against any programs – health care, early education, supplementary day care. etc. which could help support the parents and child. I have even heard these same anti-choicers complain about the taxes they have to pay to fund the foster system.
        Furthermore, I wish all children had parents who loved and cherished them, but because I don’t choose to foster (but am completely willing to support the system with my tax money) does that make me a Sanctimommy? I don’t think so.

      • Katia

        I think she’s just saying don’t say “I would totally do it if”- not don’t be happy that we have a foster system from your taxes!

      • CMJ

        Anti-Choicers are telling other people what to do with their bodies – they literally say, carry this child, and put it into the broken system. So yeah, when an anti-choicer offers this “option,” I will ask if they will adopt all those babies they want to force a women to have.

        No one is forcing anything here. People are saying – I wish I could adopt this boy. And they can’t – for whatever reason. I am sorry, that doesn’t make them a bad person. I wish I could adopt this boy, but I live across the country and don’t have the money to give him the life he deserves. That breaks my heart.

        If that makes me a bad person in your eyes, well, I just DGAF.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Exactly. and see my comment below. There are a ton of SHITTY fosters parents out there. There are amazing ones, but kids aren’t like a sweater you have second thoughts about and then return. You have to be READY to give these kids everything

      • beentherendonethat

        Again, STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        But not everyone is able to. Even with the help that foster agencies give (when I had foster kids we got a very small stipend) it’s expensive to have more kids in the house, especially if they have special needs or emotional concerns (which many do, as I’m sure you also know).

        I see where you’re coming from, but I think you can be an advocate for adoption or foster care even if you can’t, at that time, do it yourself.

      • beentherendonethat

        YOU ARE SO STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Fost-her

        What an articulate argument. I totally reverse my position. *eye roll*

      • beentherendonethat

        Well said Eve!

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        Sorry, don’t buy it, the people I know, and the people who comment here, don’t fucking do it for “praise” and “admiration.” They do it because they love the kid. ANYONE doing it for “praise and admiration” has HUGE issues.

      • Fost-her

        Yep, I agree with you there. I wasn’t talking about foster parents who do it soley for praise and admiration. I was referring to YOUR comments. I said it was fine to wish/hope/pray this boy finds a good family, but when you say *if only* YOU could be the best mother EVER to him, then it’s /appears/ as though you’re looking for someone to say, “Yeah, you ROCK, Eve! You WOULD be da bomb mom to this poor kid!”

      • beentherendonethat

        Hey Fost-her ..you are such a stupid jerk. People are on this discussion board to share their feelings. Everyone sharing their prayers and hopes for this kid is a beautiful thing. You are an ignorant piece of trash. Did your mama not hold you enough? I suggest YOU go adopt a kid and do some good in the world rather than showing how truly stupid you are. Otherwise, shut the hell up dumb ass.

      • Larkin

        Spoken like a true scholar.

      • Seriously?

        How sad that you are ruining everyone else’s conversation with your sad attempt at a rebuttal. Name calling? Cursing? I think you need to read another blog. Even when disagreeing, everyone else has had something appropriate to say.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        As someone who has fostered before and definitely will again, I don’t think this is fair. There are legitimate roadblocks on people’s lives to caring for foster kids, just because it’s not the right time now doesn’t mean someone won’t ever. The last two girls who were with us thankfully reunited with their mom a few years ago, and we haven’t been able to do it again for a number is serious reasons, so yeah, I would right now *IF* I could. And I will again.

      • beentherendonethat

        Eve, you don’t have to explain yourself to Fost-her who obviously has deep rooted issues. Ignore stupidity and it will go away. :)

      • beentherendonethat

        Are you “special”???? Something is seriously wrong with you.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      :( Makes me want to cry. I can’t wait till my daughter is older, we have a house, I am going to take in these kids. It isn’t right for people to grow up this way.

    • Aldonza

      If my husband and I lived in his area, I would definitely call. I’ve always felt a pull to adopting an older child who so desperately wanted a family. Makes my heart break!

      • Pzonks

        You know he’s FAR from the only kid out there looking for a home. I’m POSITIVE there’s a kid in your area who would be just as thankful to be welcomed into your home. I’m sure Devion would be happy to know if people started adopting older kids because they were inspired by him.

      • Aldonza

        Oh, we’ve started the process of looking here. We’re moving into a larger home in the next year, so we want to get that done first.

      • Pzonks

        I wish you the very best of luck! I have friends who work and volunteer for a foster child support advocacy organization called CASA and I know it is a challenging thing to take on but it’s so worth it.

      • pineapplegrasss

        this story made me cry and cry too. maybe because Im pg and emotional. Maybe bc I read too much sad shit on the internet. I hope you follow through with it. Finding an older child to adopt, or foster parent. But, you know, I’m sure any of these children that need love, nourishment, a ride to football practice, etc. would probably be more than happy to sleep on your couch. You don’t need a bigger house to love and care for a child.

    • Katrina

      awww…this broke my heart.

    • Pzonks

      I wept for (no joke) a good 20 minutes after reading about Davion and I hope will all my heart he finds a good family.

      I cannot take a child in right now but his story, like the story of so many kids, really makes me want to do so in the future. These old kids are far too often considered the throwaway kids and it’s not their fault, all kids deserve a good home.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        agreed fully.

    • Mommybear

      Do you have to live in Florida to adopt him?

      • Pzonks

        you could call and ask. or you could look in your own state because I guarantee there is a kid just like Davion who is older and desperately wanting a home.

    • yesimanazi

      Please stop hyphenating “X-years-old.” The 15-year-old boy is 15 years old.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        According to the Chicago Manual of Style you’re actually wrong.

    • MammaSweetpea

      sad. It breaks my heart when I hear stories of children being abused, or abandoned.

    • Anon

      Check out adoptuskids.org for a list of waiting children already freed for adoption.

      • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

        Excellent info! It’s also a good idea for people to check their local foster care system. I live in NYC and have fostered (and am looking to again soon) and we go through ACS, but every area if different.

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    • Brooke Jasper Barbero

      I can’t imagine what my life would have been like had I not been adopted as a baby. My birth mother was only 16, barely an adult. My parents are loving, supportive, and caring people. They are the world’s best grandparents to my children. I wish more people would consider adoption. It seems like all we hear are the horrible stories instead of stores about well adjusted, happy families. And for those who want to know, no, I have no desire to find my birth parents. I have parents.

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