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The Church’s Adoption Dilemma

According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are currently more than 400,000 children living within the American foster care system.

Davion Navar Henry Only was one of those kids. The 15-year-old wanted to be adopted so badly, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The teen took the pulpit at a church in Florida and asked if anyone in the congregation would consider adopting him. He told the church, “My name is Davion, and I’ve been in foster care since I was born … I know God hasn’t given up on me, so I’m not giving up either.”

Though no one offered to take him in that Sunday morning, after a news report about Davion’s courageous act in the Tampa Bay Times went viral, his adoption agency received more than 100,000 inquiries, and they have let Davion help them pick a family.

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Davion’s story is only a single case of the need for adoption from foster care, and campaigns such as Focus on the Family’s Wait No More initiative and organizations including The Christian Alliance for Orphans have made it their focus to equip Christians and local congregations with the resources they need to make the adoption of children in foster care a priority for the Church.

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