Daquane Shamar and Tavon Lamar Jacobs, twin brothers, encountered challenges from the moment they were born. Their biological mother, who was using drugs at the time, was unaware of her pregnancy. Even after giving birth, she did not seek medical attention.
The twin brothers, Daquane Shamar and Tavon Lamar Jacobs weighed only two pounds each at birth. According to doctors, they were so tiny that they could have both fit inside a shoebox. Additionally, their challenging start in life included being born addicted to crack.
Separated from their biological mother’s care by the Department of Social Services, Daquane, and Tavon were placed in foster care. They stayed in the system until the age of two when the Woods family adopted them, giving them the names Davon and Tavon Woods.
While adoption is often considered a significant blessing for foster children, for these twin brothers, it proved to be a challenging experience.
Davon shared that their experience with the adopted family was challenging. They endured verbal and physical mistreatment, felt unheard, and never received expressions of love. Despite being too young and afraid to disclose their home situation, it felt as if they were viewed merely as a source of income.
Davon revealed that as a child, he created a fictional story about their mother being white and living in Alaska, concealing the reality that they had no knowledge of their identity or origins. Moreover, they had limited information about their new family.
The twins’ tumultuous upbringing led to rebellion during their teenage years. Davon, deeply affected by the inhumane treatment from their adoptive family, made multiple attempts to end his life. However, Tavon intervened each time, unwilling to leave his brother alone with their difficult circumstances.
The twins’ difficult upbringing led them to rebel during their teenage years, with Davon making multiple attempts to end his life due to the harsh treatment from their adoptive family. Tavon consistently intervened, not wanting to leave his brother alone in those circumstances.
Following the passing of their 17-year-old brother in 2016, Davon and Tavon decided to start anew. They relocated to Georgia but became involved in gangs. However, a positive change occurred when their sister and brother-in-law invited them to church. This marked a turning point in their lives, prompting them to leave the streets behind and pursue employment.
During this transition, Davon, now working at a car dealership, sold a car to the Wilkinson family. Sharing his life story with them, the Wilkinsons were moved to tears.
Davon expressed a deep connection with the Wilkinsons, likening it to the imagined connection with his original family. The Wilkinsons took him out to dinner for his birthday, and on that day, they welcomed him into their family.
Having them nearby, Davon shared, “I spend holidays with them, and I know my kids won’t ever be short on family.” Expressing gratitude, he said, “I’m blessed to have them in my life. It was really emotional for me because they gave me love that I’d never gotten. We sometimes think because of the color of our skin, we’re supposed to be separate.”
Thanks to the Wilkinsons, Davon gained a new family—complete with a mother, father, brothers, sisters, and a niece.
Davon’s reflection on his newfound family emphasizes the idea that neither blood nor color defines a family; it is made through love. Currently, Davon and Tavon are passionate advocates for children in foster care.
They are dedicated to establishing the world’s largest facility to ensure that children in the system receive the loving families they deserve and a place where they can freely be themselves. Davon’s commitment is clear: “We won’t stand by and do nothing as children endure agony and the system’s fatal flaws. They have hope for a better future, and we will give them that hope by all lawful means required.”
Davon uses his social media platform to spread the word about problems with the foster care system.