An orphan goes to church and asks someone, anyone to adopt him


Davion always longed for a family. His caseworker took him to picnics, put his portrait in the Heart Gallery, an organization devoted to helping foster kids find permanent homes. But he had thrown chairs, blown his grades, pushed people away.

When he learned his birth mother was dead, everything changed. He had to let go of the hope that she would come get him. Abandon his anger. Now he didn’t have anyone else to blame.

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

So someone would want him.

”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.”

All summer, he worked on swallowing his rage, dropping his defenses. He lost 40 pounds. So far in 10th grade, he has earned A’s — except in geometry.

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

Davion decided he couldn’t wait for someone to find him. In three years, he’ll be on his own.

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One Response to An orphan goes to church and asks someone, anyone to adopt him

  1. Stefanie says:

    I wish I would have been in that service. I don't know if I would have been able to convince my family to adopt right that day but I know I would have at least personally committed to becoming his loving and adoring aunt starting right at that moment.

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