Because I am me. I'm Finn McLaine!

–- Finn talking to his imaginary dad, Billy in "Heroes".

Finn McLaine is a character in The Dumping Ground. Like his actor Ruben Reuter, Finn has Down Syndrome.



Finn was fostered by the Aycliffe family, which comprised of Adam (the father), his wife and their daughter, Clare. Finn did not adjust well to his new environment and cried everyday.

Adam, fed up with this, decided to get Finn a friend. To that end, he fostered Harry from Ashdene Ridge. However, both Finn and Harry were maltreated - they were made to stay in their rooms, forbidden from going downstairs, forbidden from eating meals with the rest of the family and Adam would shout at the boys if he became angry.

Throughout The Dumping Ground

Series 3

Eventually, on the day of Harry's birthday, Finn managed to get hold of Harry's phone and sent a text message to Ryan (who had sent a text to wish Harry a Happy Birthday) for help.

Finn met Ryan when he arrived at the house to give Harry a birthday card the other residents of Ashdene Ridge had signed. Ryan left after being told by Adam that he was taking the boys out, but returned afterwards to lead Harry back to Ashdene Ridge, and ended up bringing Ryan with them after Harry refused to leave him behind.

On arriving at Ashdene Ridge, Finn and Harry revealed what had been going on to May-Li. As Adam was now deemed unfit to look after Finn, he was allowed to stay at Ashdene Ridge.

The Dumping Ground: I'm... Series 1

Series 4

The Dumping Ground: I'm... Series 2

Series 5

Series 6


Other Relationships

Mike and May-Li

Jody Jackson

Sammy Doyle


  • Finn is the first character in the Tracy Beaker series that has Down Syndrome.