Florida Orphan Finally Finds His Home

Longtime caseworker is adopting Davion Only
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2015 9:57 AM CDT
Florida Orphan Finally Finds His Home
Davion Only finally has a permanent home.   (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Melissa Lyttle)

This time, the happy ending looks like a permanent one: A Florida orphan who became an Internet sensation is being adopted by his longtime caseworker, reports ABC News. Davion Only first made a splash in 2013 when, as a 15-year-old, he made an emotional pitch for a family. After an overwhelming response, an Ohio family agreed to take him in as the first step toward adoption—until Davion got into a fight with one of the family's kids, explains the Tampa Bay Times. He returned to Florida's foster system, despondent, and eventually opened up to "Miss Connie," who had been his caseworker for more than a decade, though was no longer in that role.

Fast-forward to the present, which finds Davion living with Connie Going, her two daughters and one son (the latter adopted), along with their four dogs and four cats. Davion's adoption is expected to be finalized next week. Family bliss? Nope, but she's fine with that. "I'm OK with messy and difficult," she tells the Tampa newspaper, which has a lengthy story on Davion's new home. "You just have to have your armor on all the time, but it's more than worth it. And every day things get a little bit better." (More uplifting news stories.)

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