(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Just months ago, orphan Davion Only made an impassioned plea for a family that spawned more than 10,000 offers from around the world.
This Christmas, the Florida teen’s dream will come true.
Only, 15, recently moved in with a prospective family with whom he will spend the holidays, Terri Durdaller, a spokesperson for Eckerd, the Florida adoption agency handling Davion’s case, told ABC News.
“He is enjoying getting to know the family,” Durdaller said.
She said identifying a “forever family” for the teen is a “step-by-step progression.”
“Our first priority is ensuring that Davion builds a strong relationship and has a successful adoption with his forever family,” she said.
While Eckerd knows there is interest in the teen’s happily-ever-after story, Durdaller said no other information would be released for the time being as Davion and his new family get to know each other.
Only has been in foster care his whole life, but has never had a family. In October, he stood in front of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., and made a public plea for a family that captured hearts around the world.
“I’ll take anyone,” Only said. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”
The plea has garnered national attention and Eckerd told ABC News in October that it had fielded more than 10,000 requests from people asking to adopt the teen.
The requests poured in from across the country and around the world, including calls from Canada, India, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain and Iran.
The agency said it told people in the U.S. outside of Florida to contact their local foster care services because “there are Davions in every city in America.”
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