Fifteen-year-old Taylor is good with his hands – whether he is holding drumsticks or a wrench.
During a guitar lesson with instructor Sam Sultan at Scottsdale Music Academy, Taylor goes from strumming a six-string to pounding a drum kit – and sounding pretty good at it.
And he has never had formal lessons. He acquired his musical skills through osmosis hanging out with musicians and by watching YouTube videos.
“I like to learn new things,” Taylor says.
He recently built a BMX bicycle and does repairs to keep it rolling.
“He has always been into tools,” says Tabitha, Taylor’s adult sister. “He is very hands-on.”
Tabitha, who entered the foster care system when Taylor did, has aged out of the system.
Taylor is a high school sophomore and benefits from an individualized education plan.
“I’m sure out there are a couple of kids who like school,” Taylor deadpans, “but I’m not one of them.”
But he quickly adds that he works hard and cooperates with his teachers. Doing well in school is an important step in reaching his career goals.
“I’ve been wanting to be a firefighter since I was about four years old,” Taylor says.
Firefighters help people, Taylor says, and that appeals to him.
That choices suits Taylor’s personality, says Tabitha. “He is protective of every one he cares about,” she says.
His protective nature means Taylor would do well in forever family with younger children, says Brianna Rossi, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK).
Taylor says he wants his forever family to be comfortable with him maintaining his relationships with members of his biological family. Tabitha also hopes for that in Taylor’s forever family.
“He has a niece,” Tabitha says, “and she very much loves him.”
Watch the stories of children in foster care waiting on forever families each week on the Wednesday’s Child segment between 5-6 a.m. on 12 Today.
For more information on children eligible for adoption, call Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) at 602-930-4900, or visit www.aask-az.org.