Born in February 2000, Troy is a sweet boy with blond hair, freckles and a smile that extends from ear to ear. Pretty energetic, he likes to ride a bike, play baseball and spend time at the playground. He also enjoys playing video games, working on computers and watching movies.

After several placements, he continues to make significant gains in his therapeutic home. He loves school; he is a hard worker and wants to do a good job.

He can become overwhelmed when he finds tasks difficult. He responds best when working one-on-one with adults who offer positive reinforcement. Adults working with him should be sensitive to his need to feel safe. He needs adoptive parents who will provide structure, stability, nurturance and consistent limits.

An active family that likes to be outdoors would be a good match for him. Troy is good with animals and would do well with a pet. An adoption subsidy may be available.

Tyler, who was born in 2005, is an affectionate boy who requires a lot of individual attention. He needs to be an only child or the youngest child by several years in an adoptive family, because he requires help to get through daily activities. He responds well to consistent rules and expectations, and, therefore, would be happy in a family that is relaxed and positive, yet firm.

He could use help balancing active play and quiet time. He enjoys swimming, riding his bike, playing outdoors, cuddling on the couch and shopping. He is charming and loves to talk.

Tyler has allergies triggered by indoor pets, so a home without cats or dogs is needed. An adoption subsidy may be available.

Troy and Tyler are two of the 152 children currently in the Maine Department of Health and Human Service’s care who are seeking an adoptive family. 111 of those children have been waiting for permanency for more than a year. There are 1,835 children in the state’s care and 1,271 licensed foster homes.

Based in Gardiner, A Family for ME is a nonprofit that works in collaboration with Maine DHHS to find adoptive families. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-505-0545 or visit and see the Heart Gallery of photos of some of the children awaiting adoption, taken by Chuck Pelletier Images of Lewiston.

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