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I don't know if I'm further confusing the matters.

Your description actually simplifies matters a great deal. The largest problem he faces is getting the money into a US bank account. But, if he is being paid from US sources, it should be easy to have those payments go straight into his US bank account via direct deposit. Then there would be no need for currency exchanges, or mailed bank drafts, or wire transfers, thus eliminating the problem. Your boyfriend could use an ATM to withdraw money from the account, as needed.

I'm not sure why you're having trouble with the reputability of banks. I assume you're happy with your own bank's performance and reputation (otherwise, why are you still banking with them?). Have you tried asking the bank you are currently with if they can open an account for your friend?
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