Davion Only, the Florida orphan who became well-known after standing up in front of a church congregation and asking for someone to adopt him, is spending the holidays with a prospective family as they seek to get to know each other better.
A permanent adoption is next if all goes well.
Only in October stood up before the 300-plus people at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church St. Petersburg, Florida and asked for an adoption.
“I’ll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple,” he said. “I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be… I know God hasn’t given up on me. So I’m not giving up either.”
Only lived in a residential home in St.. Petersburg with 12 other orphan boys.
After he stood up in church and stories were written about him, the residential home was bombarded with tens of thousands of calls and emails from all over the world.
The couple who is considering adopting him is unidentified as of yet.
While he’s pleased to be close to being adopted, Only said he hopes people can adopt other orphans as well.
“Even though I’m going through an adoption process right now at the moment, I still hope that other kids in foster care get the benefit that I’m going to have to be adopted and to have somewhere to call home and to have a bed to call theirs,” he told a packed meeting at the state cabinet in November, reported the Daily Mail.
Only’s mother was a crack addict who recently died in jail. Her family members spend time with Only but couldn’t adopt him because many have criminal records.