Forever Families: Braelyn
Braelyn is a 15-year-old girl who is wise beyond her years. Although the young girl has dealt with hardships, she has used the experiences as a source of motivation.
"I've had to grow faster than I wanted to, I mean at ten I was thinking this stuff, not playing with dolls and stuff, I was thinking where am I going to be in two years, how am I going to get food on the table," said Braelyn.
The teen is outspoken, confident, and very charismatic. As a sophomore in high school, she already has plans to continue her education and attain a degree as a neonatal nurse.
During a special visit to Brian-Charles Hair Salon in Austin, the teen said she is ready to be part of a loving family. She added that she is looking forward to building a strong relationship with her parents, one she promises to cherish and nurture.
"I think about how life could be different if I wasn't in placements, if I was with a family getting to bond with brothers and sisters and actually feeling love again," said Braelyn.
Braelyn likes music, a wide variety of food, and would enjoy living in a home with a dog. The bright high schooler said she is very patient and does well with young children.
She told our CBS Austin crew she would prefer joining a family with siblings with whom she can create new memories with.
Forever Families airs every Wednesday on CBS Austin. Braelyn's full bio is featured here in The Heart Gallery of Central Texas.