Fourteen-year-old Latavion likes to work with his hands – in the kitchen. The would-be chef is more interested baking than video games. “I like to bake pies,” says Latavion, adding that pecan pie is his favorite. But the teen also clearly loves to bake brownies and carefully follows the instructions of Brianna Layser, baker and owner of Baked By Bri, a small custom baker in Gilbert.
Latavion taught himself to bake and cook out of necessity to provide for his siblings before they entered the foster care system. Now, he bakes to share with others and baking is “an expression of his thoughtfulness,” says child advocate James Patton, who is trying to match Latavion with a forever family. While Latavion aspires to be a baker when he grows up, he might also consider being an automobile mechanic. “I just like working on cars,” he says.
Latavion also likes country music, basketball and football. His favorite NFL team is the hometown Arizona Cardinals. “I met Larry Fitzgerald and got his autograph,” Latavion says. Patton says Latavion would thrive as an only child in a home with a single mother or two parents. “The perfect fit family would give him a lot of opportunity to grow and figure out who he is as young man,” Patton says.
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