Teen Who Begged for Adoptive Parents at Church Is Still an Orphan

by / March 24, 2014 Black News, News 24 Comments

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Davion Only was 15 years old when he stood up at a church in Florida and begged foster_careparishioners 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.







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  1. Hopefully the media will stay with this until this child is received into a great family to love and raise him. We are adoptive parents and our son's are the greatest. They were older children when we adopted them.

  2. Follow the money.
    Is the agency receiving state funds based on a head count?

  3. "Eckerd Adoption Agency" needs to get it together because that's messed up — the child got families reaching out, but the damn agency aint worth diddly-sqaut in getting back to the families to place this child with them. i bet you this agency is ran by "us"…if it is…we always "eff" ish up at times, and this is a eff-up time to not place this kid with a family. get it together, Eckerd, or transfer this vchild to a totally different agency than yours.

  4. It is clearly the adoption agency's fault. Many people wanted to adopt this child. And someone should have qualified by now. It is sad that this child is still in system because of greedy people.

  5. Families interested in adopting him should be persistent (even aggressive) when dealing with the adoption agency.

    I do hope he finally gets the family he wants. There are loving families out there who will adopt him. It breaks my heart to see him trying to advocate for himself.

    Keep us up-to-date on this story.

  6. No one REALLY wants this kid. He is almost grown. Let him remain in those awful foster homes until he reaches adulthood, then turn him loose in the streets. He wii be just fine.

    • That’s a horrible thing to say. Obviously someone wants him. And saying he will be fine, how do you know? Will you check up on him? Everyone deserves the love of a family, even people like you.

    • What in the World? So, apparently you think because he is a young black male that he is automatically street-wise and can handle himself alone? How do people come up with these stereotypes? Every child deserves to have someone to love them and raise them properly, even at age 15!

    • What the HECK is wrong with you? Even if you were being sarcastic, it’s still nothing to joke about. If you were serious, then I feel more sorry for you than I do for that boy.

      I already have one adopted daughter, and I’d adopt that sweet young man in a minute. The thing is, we’re a white, Jewish family, and I just know that there’s a Black Christian family out there that would be a much better match for him.

      The article said that other families have already spoken up, and that the agency is not responding. That means that people DO want him, and that there is some bureaucracy in the way.

      God bless him and keep him safe, I pray he finds his home soon.

  7. I want a transparent investigation into this matter. Readers, How do we begin?

  8. I am going to pray for this kid…he seems like a cool kid and deserves a good family who will love and be there for him.
    He is just looking for a loving family.He deserves that.
    I have a feeling he will get it!

  9. If indeed the agency is at fault, the church needs to raise constructive H**L on the agency’s site. They need to call the media, tell them to meet them at Eckerd on Sunday morning and hold church at Eckerd’s. They need to bring signs alerting the world about the problem. Free Davion! Justice for Davion! Put the “special”service on YouTube. Call CBS. Turn prayer into action.

  10. Hold it!!!! What about Davion’s mama’s family? http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/10/black-news/family-of-orphan-who-begged-to-be-adopted-at-church-speak-out/ I thought someone in that fam would take Davion in. Also, what about Davion’s daddy and his fam? Their was no mention of this.

  11. Yes. They are getting money based on head count.

  12. Those that can should look into why their have been so many obstacle why this kid haven't found a good home.

  13. Something's rotten in Denmark!!!!……some one is holding his mentor back. Eckerd Agency seems to have something else up their sleeve. This shouldn't be a difficult decision. I hope his mother sees this. If she doesn't keep him, she might be a hand in getting him rescued.

  14. They said all qualified families were explored. Well if they were qualified and explored why hasn't he been placed!! They need to stop playing with these children's lives. An investigation into their practices should be done!!!

  15. Much better info on the issue here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2470065/Davion-Onlys-biological-family-fighting-custody.html
    Apparently, most of the family can't adopt him because they have criminal histories.

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