This kid is going to break your heart. Fifteen-year-old Davion Navar Only has lived in foster homes his entire life. His mother was in jail when he was born. He's an orphan now, and he wants to be adopted. In a story in the Naples Daily News (Florida), we follow Davion as he attends St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in the hope of finding a new family. The preacher introduces him, and he stands up. "My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born," he says. "I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either."
Davion just found out that he's an orphan this summer.
In June, Davion sat at a library computer, unfolded his birth certificate, and, for the first time, searched for his mother's name. Up came her mug shot: 6-foot-1, 270 pounds -- tall, big, and dark, like him. Petty theft, cocaine.
Next he saw the obituary: La-Dwina Ilene "Big Dust" McCloud, 55, of Clearwater, died June 5, 2013. Just a few weeks before.
Davion has struggled with his rage and his feelings of abandonment throughout his life. He has had behavioral issues. But his mother's death moved him to make changes and dare to hope. He pulled up his grades, earning almost all straight As. He focused on controlling his rages.
I think it's hard for a lot of us to admit how much we long to feel loved and to feel like we belong. It's even harder to believe that we deserve love. It takes courage -- especially for a teenage boy who has never felt like he matters to anyone.
I can't imagine how terrifying it must be to open yourself up to a community and ask to be taken in and loved. Davion must know the odds are against him. Not many families interested in adopting want to adopt a teen. Hardly any. But how will he find that one special family who is open to adopting a teen like him unless he's willing to be vulnerable and put himself out there?
So far a few people have asked about Davion, but none have stepped forward to welcome him into their family. If you are interested, you can contact Eckerd's Carlton Manor residential group home at 866-233-0790.
Update: Amazingly, more than 10,000 people have inquired about adopting Davion. So, it looks like this one will have a happy ending!
Would you ever consider adopting an older child?
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