Forever Families: Justine
Millions of bugs and curious little girl. This week's "Forever Families" child is 14-year-old Justine. We tagged along as she checked out the bugs at the University of Texas insect collection.
"Do you have a favorite insect?" asked Dr. Alex Wild, the curator of the collection.
"Grasshoppers," said Justine.
"You're headed right towards them," said Dr. Wild.
Dr. Wild discovered 14-year-old Justine may be his most enthusiastic student yet.
"Oooh, what is this?" asked Justine.
"That is one kind of Longhorn Beetle," said Dr. Wild.
There are more than 2 million insects in the University of Texas insect collection. Justine likes just about all of them.
"Dragonflies, wasps, bees, grasshoppers and mosquitoes," said Justine.
"She's curious about everything," said Rebecca Salam, Justine's adoption prep specialist.
"She just wants to know everything and why. She wants to know why," said Salam.
Salam says Justine is doing well in a treatment facility that focuses on her Autism diagnosis but she's ready for the next step.
"She can go to a home. She doesn't have to be in a treatment facility. She can be in a home as long as they'll work with her," said Salam.
Within the first few minutes of meeting, we noticed Justine just loves to make others laugh.
"She's a spark. She's hysterical. She's enthusiastic. She's engaging. She's happy. She just glows," said Salam.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" asked CBS Austin reporter Lindsay Liepman.
"A princess," said Justine.
You can read Justine's bio and view other Central Texas children ready for adoption at The Heart Gallery of Central Texas, a program of Partnerships for Children. Forever Families airs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on CBS Austin.