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Florida Teen Orphan Pleads with Church Members To Give Him Permanent Home

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An orphan from Florida showed up at a St. Petersburg congregation last month to beg any of the church members to give him a home, reported Opposing Views on Wednesday.

"My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born ... I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either," said 15-year-old Davion Only in a Tampa Bay Times report at the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church where his caseworker Connie Going drove him.

“I'll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care,” Davion added. “And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”

Davion was born while his mother was in jail, where she died last year. He has spent his entire childhood being transferred from one foster home to another. The boy is currently staying with 12 teenage boys at the Eckerd's Carlton Manor residential group home, “where there are rules for every activity and cameras recording everything,” according to the Daily Mail.

Going said he has always dreamed of being part of a family. She brought Davion along to picnics and put his photo up in an organization that helps foster children come across permanent homes called the Heart Gallery. Hoping that his mother would come back to get him, Davion acted out.

Davion is now a sophomore in high school, and is learning to control his anger and he has been earning stellar grades in school.

His mentor Richard Prince, 22, also supports him. Prince and Davion were introduced through the One Church One Child program.

"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."

"I know they're (takers) out there," Davion said to his caseworker. "Maybe if someone hears my story ..."

The Daily Mail reports that two couples inquired about Davion, but none have come forward to adopt him.


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