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Boy to spend Xmas with potential adoptive family

Published:   |   Updated: December 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

TAMPA – A 15-year-old foster child who went to a St. Petersburg church to plead for a family earlier this year is getting to spend the holidays with his prospective adoptive parents.

When he heard his birth mother had died last spring, Davion Only decided to find someone to adopt him. He went to St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church and told a story that prompted a nationwide response with more than 10,000 inquiries from potential families.

Davion, who was born in prison and raised in foster care, has been living in a group home with 12 other boys and has never had his own room.

But Davion recently moved out of his group home and into a foster home where he is getting to know the family who hopes to adopt him, said Jody Grutza, a vice president for Eckerd, which contracts with the state to handle foster care in southwest Florida.

“Eckerd is humbled at the continued outpouring of support for Davion and his quest for a forever family. We know that there is great interest in who will become Davion’s forever family, but we request patience and understanding as we protect the delicate process of identifying the most appropriate family for Davion,” she said in an email.

She added that the teen is very excited to bond with them over the holidays.

Approximately 750 children currently are waiting to be adopted from Florida’s foster system. Teens are often the most difficult to place.