Attempts are being made to find permanent homes for children in the South West.
It's National Adoption Week and last year 40 children from Cornwall were found loving families, in so called 'forever' homes.
But others are not so lucky. Francesca Carpenter has been to meet one foster family who look after 5 year old Rheanna.
For anyone in the Cornwall area interested in adopting there's a drop informal drop-in session being held on Thursday evening at New County Hall in Truro. For more info click here
Cornwall Council is appealing for more people to come forward to give children a home.
This is National Adoption Week and over the last year more than 40 children from Cornwall were placed with new families, but many are still waiting.
One of those is 5 year old Rheanna, who's in foster care but waiting for a permanent home.
Alison Waters is from Cornwall Adoption Service...
National Adoption Week beings today, and Cornwall Council are hoping it will encourage more people to come forward to adopt children like 5 year old Rheanna.
Over the last year more than 40 children from Cornwall were placed into loving families in but some are still waiting for homes.
A West Country adoption charity is hoping to give more children new homes. 'Families for Children' places 30 youngsters a year across the region, but wants to increase that to 50.
There are 6,500 children in council care on waiting lists.
Bob Cruwys has been to meet Shah, who now has a home after years in foster care.
Torbay council's Adoption Service is taking to the streets today to try to encourage more people to adopt a child in need of a family.
The adoption team has been visiting venues across Devon this week as part of National Adoption Week.
They say Torbay, like most parts of the UK, has a number of children in need of a home, but a shortage of people willing to consider adoption.
The team will be at the Exmouth Magnolia shopping centre from 10am to 3pm today (Saturday.)
On Tuesday 13th the team will be at Tor Hill House in Torquay. On November 20th they will be at Newton Abbot Library. Friday 23rd will see the team at The Mansion in Totnes and on Tuesday 27th they will be back at Tor Hill House.
On average 40 children a year are placed with adoptive parents in Cornwall alone.
As part of National Adoption Week, the Westcountry Tonight has been to meet families whose lives have been transformed thanks to adoption.
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Adoption services say, these days, people do not have to be a certain age, status or 'type' to become a parent to an adopted child.
Jack Cordery is Head of Adoption Service in Cornwall...
It's National Adoption Week and local authorities across the region are hoping to attract more people to offer a home to youngsters needing a new family.
There are currently 21 children between four months and ten years old waiting to be adopted in Cornwall alone.
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