- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A 15-year-old orphan, who has spent his entire life in Florida’s foster care system, bravely stood in front of a church congregation in St. Petersburg last month and plead for someone to adopt him.

Davion Navar Henry Only, speaking at Florida’s St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, told more than 300 congregants that God has not given up on him, “so I’m not giving up either,” the Daily Mail reported.

“I’ll take anyone,” he said of his new adoptive parents. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”

Davion was born while his mother was in jail for petty theft and cocaine. In his adolescence, he began to act out in anger by getting into fights and failing school subjects, but after hearing of his mother’s death earlier this year, he made his decision to take his life into his own hands, Naples News reported.

”He decided he wanted to control his behavior and show everyone who he could be,” his caseworker Connie Going said.

Davion has spent the summer in 10th grade, earning all As, except for in geometry, and he’s also lost 40 pounds.

Floyd Watkins, program manager at Davion’s group home, told Naples News: ”He’s come a long way. He’s starting to put himself out there, which is hard when you’ve been rejected so many times.”

Two couples had made inquiries about Davion but he is still in the foster care system, the newspaper reported.