Orphan Who Won America's Heart Kicked Out by Family
Davion Only 'has built up a lot of anger,' says head of foster agency
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2014 2:55 PM CDT
An outing away from the group home he lives in allowed Davion Only, left, to spend some quality time talking one-on-one with his mentor, Richard Prince, 22.   (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Melissa Lyttle)

(Newser) – The Florida foster child who became a media darling and received 10,000 offers for a new home is back in foster care after a family kicked him out, Tampa Bay Times reports. In fact, efforts with four families went sour, and 16-year-old Davion Only has shut down lines of communication—no media events, no Facebook messages, no meetings with his adviser. "I'm extremely worried about him," his adviser said. "We had a short conversation a couple of weeks ago, but it was very unsettling." So what happened? Things seemed positive in March when a minister and his wife flew Davion up to Ohio, signed him up for football, and took him to church. "I got baptized!" Davion wrote on Facebook.

But during the 90-day trial period, "there was an incident in Ohio," said Lorita Shirley, director of his foster care agency. Davion apparently had a physical altercation with the father and another child in the house, and the family wanted him gone. This was after three other placements failed to gel, including one with a foster family where Davion said he "had a blowout." Shirley says the biggest problem "is that Davion spent 15 years in the system. He has built up a lot of anger." But she's still seeking placement for him, maybe with "empty-nesters" who have experience raising teenagers. "That might be the best match for him." (Read about the tremendous effort Davion made to receive better care.)

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