One Sunday in September, a 15-year-old foster child got dressed up, took the microphone at a Florida church and stunned everyone with a simple request. Adopt me.
“I’ll take anyone,” Davion Only said. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple — I don’t care.”
It was an act of courage, taking his future in his own hands. More than 100,000 families from all over the world reached out, offering to take him in. After he spoke with ABC News, and the appeared on ABC’s “The View,” his story touched hearts around the world.
“We told them there was a Davion in every city,” Nancy Eckard Nichols of the adoption agency said.
People who heard Davion’s story are eager to take in other kids just like him.
“The amount of people interested in adopting has doubled since this story came out,” Nichols said. “So Davion’s the hero.”
Now, it looks like a “forever” family may have been found for Davion.
“He’s staying with a family we think is a positive match,” Nichols said. “Any adoption process is a delicate dance of trust before it can be finalized — and what the adoptions agency calls a ‘step-by-step progression.’ And this is the first step.”
Davion is spending the holidays with his prospective new family.
“He’s a very happy young man this Christmas,” Nichols said.
Their name, or even whether they are young or old or black, white or purple, as Davion said, is unknown. But that doesn’t matter much to him.
In the fall, Davion told ABC News that all he wanted in a family was someone to love him forever.
“I just want people to love me for who I am and just to grant me … their house and just to love me no matter what,” he said.
It’s the season of giving and the season of hope, and for one brave young man, and somewhere, a new family, it will be both.