If you’ve been watching the news, you know Davion Only has been breaking hearts across the country with his story. The 15-year-old Florida orphan stood in front of a church and asked for a family. Now, the Huffington Post reports, more than 5,000 people have contacted his adoption agency by phone and another 5,000 reached out via email to grant his wish.
Earlier this month, the Tampa Bay Times shared Davion’s plea:
“Davion wiped his palms on his pants, cleared his throat, and said: ‘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.'”
In addition to making us cry, Davion’s story also reminds us how many older children are in foster care waiting for a permanent family that may never come. Last year, there were over 400,000 children were in foster care, and the average age of kids waiting to be adopted is 8.5 years old. That means Davion is one of thousands and thousands of kids who are considered too old for adoption.