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Davion Only was 15 years old when he stood up at a church in Florida and begged parishioners to adopt him. Davion wanted to be placed with a family in time for Christmas when he went before churchgoers to help him find a home, but months later, Davion still doesn’t have a permanent home.
Some families looking to provide a home to Davion say that Eckerd, the teen’s adoption agency, is at fault for not being responsive for families inquiring about Only’s adoption.
According to The Daily Mail, some families report not having their phone calls returned when reaching out to the agency.
It is also alleged that the teen, who gave several interviews after his heartfelt plea at church, is no longer allowed to speak to the media and no longer has a cell phone.
The Mail quotes someone who knows him as having said that the teen has become depressed and just wants the process “to be over.”
“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… I know God hasn’t given up on me. So I’m not giving up either,” Davion told a congregation in September.
Davion was born while his mother was in jail and has been moved from one foster home to another throughout his life. He finally decided to go to church so that he could take matters into his own hands.
“He’s changed schools and foster homes, and he’s not allowed to tell me certain things. People want to hear a happy ending, but it’s not too clear what’s going on,” says 22 year old Richard Prince, the teen’s mentor.
Many families who reached out to the teen confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that they never heard back after their attempts to adopt Davion.
‘We never received a response. This just breaks my heart,’ Marcy Theobald of Georgia told the Times.
“All qualified families that did express an interest in adopting Davion were explored,” said a spokesperson for Eckerd adoption agency.