Can we all adoptÂ 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 atÂ 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.