Davion Navar Henry Only Gets Family After Pleading for Adoption

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 03:15 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Davion Navar Henry Only is getting what he always wanted — a family.

Ten thousand calls from people wanting to adopt the 15-year-old Florida orphan who went to church and pleaded for someone — anyone — to adopt him have created what “The View” hosts called the “Davion effect” in the adoption world. 

Only made the news last week when the words he spoke at the St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg touched hearts worldwide.

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“I'll take anyone,” Only said, according to Yahoo. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”

Those poignant words not only generated interest in adopting Only, but also the other 120 children who who are available for adoption through the Florida agency and the 100,000 children nationwide, Davion’s adoption case worker told "The View." That’s the "Davion effect."

“Without a doubt, Davion will have a family,” case worker Connie Going said.

Only began his serious quest to find a “forever family” after looking for his mother this summer and finding out she died in June. He was born while she was in prison and spent his life in foster care.

He decided he needed to do something to change his life. He donned a suit and went to church and stood in front of the congregation to ask for a family.

On "The View," Barbara Walters asked him, “If you could have the perfect family, what would you like?”

“Anyone who will love me,” he answered.

Finding a family, he told the hosts, would not only make him feel good, but “I think I’d be more successful and have more opportunities if I had a family,” he said. “And I hope that I do have one.”

But Only will be successful no matter what, because he has a backup plan. He will go to college and, using the free college tuition available to foster children, get his bachelor’s degree.

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