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Davion Only, teen who made appeal for adoption in packed church, finds a home

by Elizabeth Murray /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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About a year and a half ago, Davion Only made a special appeal, standing up in front of a packed congregation at a Florida church, asking to be adopted.

Now, 17 years after being born to a mother in prison and spending a life in Florida's foster care system, Only is home — with his new family.

That new home is with Connie Going, who worked trying to help foster children get adopted and knew Only since he was 7 years old.

"Everyone always just adored Davion," Going told TODAY's Sheinelle Jones. "It was hard for me to understand why he didn't have his family."

At 15 years old, when Only made his plea to the packed congregation, he said: "I'll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple, I don't care. And I would be really appreciative; the best I could be."

After Only's appeal went viral, more than 10,000 people responded, but nothing panned out. So, Only said he decided to call Going, who was no longer a case worker, and asked if she would consider adopting him.

"From that minute on, he was 100 percent my son," she said.

Last week, it became official: Only joined Going's family, and became a big brother to her son and two daughters.

As for his future, Only said he wants to go to college, but first has his eyes on a driver's license. "I'll have the freedom to go wherever the heck I want to go," he said.

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