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St. Petersburg orphan whose story went worldwide celebrates two years with forever family

Davion Only, second from left,  has his adoption finalized in 2015 at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center. New mom, Connie Going, left,  and new sibling Carley Going were there.  [Times files]

Davion Only, second from left, has his adoption finalized in 2015 at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center. New mom, Connie Going, left, and new sibling Carley Going were there. [Times files]

Two years after he was adopted by his longtime caseworker, Davion Only Going is enjoying life with his forever family.

The boy, who touched hearts around the globe after he went to a St. Petersburg church and pleaded for someone to adopt him, is now 19 and saving up for a car, according to a new story from the Daily Mail.

"I want a convertible! 'I want a drop top … I want my hair to blow in the wind," Only Going, whose hair is cropped short, joked to the newspaper.

He recently celebrated two years since he was adopted by Connie Going and gained three new siblings. He's now working a job at Tropicana Field, with dreams of becoming a firefighter.

The family recently got tattoos together. Each chose different, meaningful designs, but all of them incorporated the international symbol for adoption, the Mail reports.

Born in to foster care, Davion Only's long adoption saga went viral around the world in 2013 after he stood before a local congregation and 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 the news spread, more than 10,000 people expressed interest in adopting the boy, but the story was far from over. A family in Ohio adopted him, but sent him back, after a he fought with one of their other children.

In 2015, he returned to the state system, and eventually asked the woman who'd been his caseworker since the age of 7 if she'd adopt him. It became official later that year.

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St. Petersburg orphan whose story went worldwide celebrates two years with forever family 04/20/17 [Last modified: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:38pm]
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