10K Want Orphan Who Pleaded for Family

Davion Only could have a home for the holidays
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2013 6:38 AM CDT
10K Want Orphan Who Pleaded for Family

The boy who pleaded for a new family at a Florida church may get his wish by Christmas. More than 10,000 families are interested in adopting 15-year-old Davion Only, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Since his story went viral, Davion has been interviewed on The View and the agency his caseworker works for hired a PR firm to handle other media requests. Strangers, from single parents to couples to grandparents, came forward asking to give Davion a home. Some of his relatives did, too.

Ultimately, adoption specialists will narrow the field down to 10 options, and then Davion "will have a say," his caseworker says. "I have no doubt that, because of these inquiries, we will find a family for him." As for Davion, he's happy that he might be home for the holidays—but even happier that his story has brought attention to the tens of thousands of other teens in foster care across the country. "I know what it's like to have nobody, with no light at the end of the tunnel, no one who wants you," he says. "I just hope they don't give up. And that someone gives them a chance." (More Davion Only stories.)

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