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More foster carers needed in Devon and Cornwall

More foster carers for older children and teenagers are urgently needed for Cornwall and Devon Credit: PA: Ralf Hirschberge

More foster carers for older children and teenagers are urgently needed for Cornwall and Devon.

As part of the 'Foster fortnight' campaign, councils are urging more famililes to come forward and give children a home.

George and Trish Stanton have looked after hundreds of children - and say it's always a positive experience.

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Full report: how foster parents turned me from an unruly teenager into a talented chef

It is Foster Care Fortnight and we meet a teenager who says that it's thanks to the love of his foster parents that he turned his life around and he's now working alongside Jamie Oliver in one of his top London restaurants.

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Smith from Cornwall says he believes his foster carers helped turn him from an unruly teenager to a talented chef with a bright future.


Foster Care Fortnight

It's Foster Care Fortnight and events are taking place across the westcountry to encourage people to come forward as foster carers.

The number of children in care is growing year on year and in Cornwall there are 474 children in care and only 264 foster carers.

If you're interested in becoming a foster carer yourself, you should contact your Local Authority for more details.

Foster children taking on the bullies

They were bullied at school simply because their families had broken down and they were taken into care, now they want to stop other youngsters suffering a similar fate.

In our latest update from Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - two young people from Bristol say foster children are no different from anyone else when it comes to needing love, friendship and respect.