May 27, 2024

Dylan needs safe, loving family life

Dylan is a sweet, energetic boy.

Caregivers who work closely with Dylan, born in 1997, describe him as a wonderful little boy who is affectionate and a pleasure to be around.

Alternatively, Dylan’s behaviors can be challenging. Dylan’s current placement, beginning in May 2004, has been helpful in assisting Dylan with these challenges. His coping skills have increased recently, though he does struggle at times in dealing with frustration.

Dylan spends hours entertaining himself with toys and movies and also enjoys being read to and hanging out with caring adults. He frequently talks with his caregivers about the most amazing and entertaining real and imaginary situations. Dylan’s imagination is boundless.

Dylan tends to prefer independent rather than group activities, although he also can play for a long time with single peers.

Dylan has no hesitation standing up for his rights and is willing to speak up for what he wants or needs. He sometimes struggles with patience and can present as unwilling to wait to have his needs met. However, it is helpful for his caregivers to recall that Dylan is a child and many of his behaviors are typical of children who want and need attention.

Dylan is easily stimulated and functions better in an atmosphere of calm caring. Independent rather than group activities are an example of this.

Too many people and too much excitement are hard for Dylan to handle. The more consistent and calm his environment, the happier, more functional and confident child he becomes.

Dylan receives special education services to assist him with reaching his goals.

Dylan’s special needs are considered moderate. Families who have experience with children who have special needs, are flexible in their approach to limit setting and who are open to receiving outside supports to assist them with understanding Dylan’s needs will be considered as a potential adoptive resource.

An adoption subsidy may be available through the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Dylan is one of the 153 children in the care of the state Department of Health and Human Services, who is seeking an adoptive family.

Based in Gardiner, A Family for ME is a nonprofit program that works in collaboration with DHHS to find foster and adoptive families for Maine children in care. For information about children available for adoption, contact A Family for ME toll free at 877-505-0545 or visit and see photographs of children.

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