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Davion Only, who made heartbreaking plea for adoption, finally finds a family – with his caseworker
A young man who has been stuck in the foster system since the day his mother gave birth to him behind bars has finally found a home.
Davion Navar Henry Only, 16, became the face of adoption and an example of all the struggles faced by many teenagers in the system when in 2013 he stood up in a suit and told worshipers at Florida’s St Mark Missionary Baptist Church; ’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.’
He then said; ‘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.’
Most of all, Davion said he just wanted a family that would ‘love him forever.’
Millions of people around the country soon head about Davion’s story, and the young boy was even interviewed by Barbara Walters on The View, which all eventually led to him being adopted by a minister in Ohio and his family.
That is until Davion got into a fight with one of the other children, and the minister sent him back to Florida, and back to live in the foster care system.
Throughout Davion’s search for a family, and his years in the system, Connie Bell Going, had been by his side.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times she revealed that after Davion returned, people kept asking her what it was that went wrong and caused him to be sent back after just three months.
She said wanted to tell these people; ‘That boy spent his whole life in the system, that’s what went wrong.’
Making matters worse, Davion and Miss Connie, as he calls her, did not speak when he came back to Florida.
Davion had cut himself off from other people, playing video games as he quickly went through four different homes and four schools in less than year.
Going says she had begun to call him numerous times, but always hung up the phone.
Then, one night last July, Davion called up Miss Connie and asked her the question he had been asking since they first met when he was only a little boy.
‘Do you remember what I asked you before?’ he said.
‘Well, how do you feel about adopting me now?’
For the first time since he had asked, Going was finally able to give him the answer he wanted to hear.
The 52-year-old had three children of her own, one adopted and two biological daughters, and was a single mother, but she was no longer Davion’s case worker, which made the process easier.
From August through December he started spending more and more time with the family, a perfect fit as he was already close to Going’s adopted son Tyler.
Then, in December, Going got a lawyer and began the process of adopting Davion.
Davion got his first bedroom, his first set of siblings, and, most importantly, the one thing he had been hoping for all along.
‘I guess I always thought of you as my mom,’ Davion said to Going last December.
‘Only now I get to call you that for real, right?’
Going is set to officially become Davion’s mother on April 22, and she will admit it has not been an easy task.
There is fighting and tables get flipped, but in the end everyone loves one another, and she is prepared for the challenges.
Davion officially became part of the family in February however, when after he and Going celebrated their birthdays, which fall on the same date, they went home and sat around the table for cake with his three siblings and signed the court papers.
After 16 years Davion was finally home.
What’s more, because of that day in September 2013 when Davion stepped up on the pulpit, hundreds of others have been adopted as well.