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Forever Families: Skylar

11-year-old Skylar has been in the foster care system for years. She's still waiting for the family that will discover how precious she is. (CBS Austin)

11-year-old Skylar has been in the foster care system for years. She's still waiting for the family that will discover how precious she is.

"I call her my little sunshine. She is an amazingly awesome young lady," said CASA Supervisor Carrie Tatum.

"She has spent too much time in the system looking for that family who can recognize what she has to give," said Tatum.

Tatum has known Skylar since she was 5 years old and says Skylar is a gem.

"She's not just a child on my caseload and there's many people that feel that way," said Tatum.

Bowls of beads at Austin Bead Gallery light up Skylar's face. Immediately she knows what she wants to make.

"Revi told me that it means life will take you everywhere and it will keep you safe forever. If you keep wearing it," said Skylar.

Skylar strands together a bracelet with the "Hamsa Hand" for her sponsors Revi and Maria. It symbolizes protection. Skylar will spend Christmas with her sponsors instead of at the children's home where she lives.

"Unfortunately she's been through a lot. She's had some setbacks. She's had some incredible losses," said Tatum.

"How do you not get upset about how people have been?" CBS Austin Reporter Lindsay Liepman asked Sklar.

"I just...be nice to them," said Skylar.

Skylar wants to be a famous writer and share with others the love and joy she has to give.

"She's got incredible drive. She has a lot of self-confidence. She believes that she can do anything. I see her really making an impact on the world she lives in," said Tatum.

You can view Skylar's Heart Gallery of Central Texas bio. The Heart Gallery is a project of Partnerships for Children. CBS Austin's "Forever Families" airs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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