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TODAY   |  October 21, 2013

Teen’s plea for adoption goes viral, helps others

Davion Only’s plea inside a Florida church to be adopted quickly went viral and is helping other foster care children find homes.

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>> simple plea from a brave young man is online and the response to his request is overwhelming.

>> smiling isn't always easy. born in a prison, his entire life spent in florida's foster care system.

>> there's been a couple of struggles here and there.

>> he recently discovered his birth mother died in early june.

>> i have been through a lot.

>> with just a few years left in foster care he decided to do something drastic, clutching a bible and wearing a borrowed black suit , he only strolled into this packed baptist church in st. petersburg and asked someone or anyone to adopt him.

>> he said someone please take me home.

>> thousands called and e-mailed offering him a home but something else has happened. the story raised awareness for the 400,000 children in foster care last year.

>> how many kids are going to fall through the cracks.

>> her adoption of a child named michael oar inspired the blind side.

>> people say it's a risk, but these kids are worth the risk.

>> a young man's pulpit plea shining a light for so many. nbc news, new york.