Florida Orphan Davion Only Pleads for Family to ‘Love Me Until I Die’
Davion Navar Henry Only has been waiting for a family all of his life and he recently decided to take matters into his own hands. He has only one desire for his prospective family: “to love me forever.”
Davion, 15, has been in foster care his whole life, but has never had a family. On a recent Sunday, he stood in front of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., and made a public plea for a family.
“I’ll take anyone,” Davion said. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”
The plea has garnered national attention that Davion hopes will help him finally find a family.
“If you can, reach out and get me and love me until I die,” Davion told ABC News.
“I’m praying and still hoping,” he said. “I know God hasn’t given up and I’m not either.”
Back in June, equipped with a copy of his birth certificate, Davion went to a library and searched his birth mother’s name online. He had been born while she was in jail. He found out that she had a criminal background that included drugs and theft. He also found her obituary. She had died just a few weeks earlier.
“When I found out she died, I was kind of angry,” he said. He remembered thinking to himself, “This is ridiculous. How did I not know?”
He cried in the library, but decided his family’s history wouldn’t define him.
“When I found out all that stuff about my family, it made me want to be more successful, no matter what,” Davion said. “I don’t want to go down that same path.”
“I’m not going to use all my bad stuff that happened to me as an excuse, but I’m going to use it as motivation to push me more and give me more courage,” he said.
Davion wants a bed to call his own and to be able to participate in school sports and clubs without having to move all the time when he changes foster homes.
He hopes his story will raise awareness for all foster children.