Fourteen-year-old Dylan is growing up.

“When I met Dylan two years ago, he was this quiet little boy who just sat in a corner and wouldn’t say anything,” says Kandy Luty, program development manager of the Family Involvement Center in Phoenix.

Dylan is engaging, joking and confident as he swats baseballs at the Extra Innings Indoor Batting Cages in Mesa, carefully following the coaching of instructor Brady Hansen, who threw batting practice.

“Dylan loves to meet new people,” says Luty. “He loves to help people and he loves to be in the mix of people.”

He also loves to be in the classroom and is often on the honor roll.

“I love school,” Dylan says.

When at home, Dylan likes playing video games, watching “SpongeBob SquarePants” and eating macaroni and cheese.

Dylan will do well in a home with two parents or one headed by a single father. He would get along well with older siblings.

“I think the forever family for Dylan needs to be a family that likes to do things,” Luty says. “He would bring them laughter every day. He is a funny kid.”

Dylan is growing and maturing, Luty says, but “he needs permanency. He needs to know that he matters to somebody.”

Watch the stories of children in foster care waiting on forever families each week on the Wednesday’s Child segment between 5-6 a.m. on Today in AZ. You can also view previously aired stories at www.aask-az.org.

For more information on children eligible for adoption, call Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) at 602-930-4900, or visit www.aask-az.org