Have you heard of Davion Navar Henry?
He is a young man who was so moved by his desire to have a family and his faith that he arranged to speak to a Florida congregation and ask to be adopted.
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In foster care since he was a baby, he recently found out his mother, who had given birth to him in jail, had passed away. He found out while searching online.
“I know God hasn’t given up on me. So I’m not giving up either,” Davion told the congregation of 300, dressed in a donated suit and tie. “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.”
I wept when I watched it–especially the part where he explains that he just wants to be loved. While his faith inspires me, this is one of the saddest things I have ever seen. It just doesn’t make sense that we have children begging for families. It hurts my soul and I know it tugs on your heart as well.
We can do better, America. We really can. As National Adoption Month is coming up (November!), let’s make the commitment to bring more attention to those who are in the foster care system and want to be adopted into a family. Let’s brainstorm together some ways to make this happen! (Leave a comment if you have an idea.) I will compile the ideas into a post at the beginning of November and we can use it to make a difference.
Yes, we CAN make a difference in the lives of the 400,000 children currently in the foster care program–kids like Davion–who want to be loved “no matter what.”
Thank you for your inspiration and example, Davion.