(OPINION) — Davion Only, the ophraned Florida teen whose plea to find who would “love him forever,” is in the news again. He was 90 days from being adopted by an Ohio pastor and his wife but was sent back to Florida following a physical altercation with another child and the father. Talk about the forgiving nature of a pastor and his family.
Davion Only moved to Ohio in March after visiting the family over spring break. They promised to care for him forever and love him no matter what. He wrote on his new Facebook page on April 20, “I got baptized.” The couple also signed him up to play football, which was something he always wanted to do.
Lorita Shirley, the director of Eckerd, the agency that oversees foster kids in Tampa Bay, said “there was an incident in Ohio.” She said the family wanted Davion Only out after things got physical between the teen and another child and the father. Only is unwilling to talk.
Didn’t the family know he had problems and would need extra help? Did they force him to get baptized? Why just throw him out like a piece of furniture? This young man has had the odds stacked against him from birth. His mother abandoned him, leaving him to be shuffled from place to place and just being seen as a case file number. Surely no-one should think this young man had no issues or that the issues would disappear overnight. The family and the teen should have received counseling during and after the transition. It sounds to me as though the prospective adoptive parents found it easier to throw in the towel than to give him a chance.