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Would you consider adopting an older child?

Due to high demand for babies, children aged four or above are often overlooked. Credit: ITV West Country

Have you ever considered adoption? It's National Adoption Week and according to Adopt South West, there are around 29 children currently on the adoption waiting list in our region.

As part of this year's campaign, people are being asked to consider adopting an older child. Due to high demand for babies, children aged four or above are often overlooked.


Community pulls together to help Ukrainian teenager

Iryna Mynich Credit: ITV West Country

The community in a Cornish town has rallied round to help a 14-year-old girl who faces deportation. Iryna Mynich has been living in Bodmin for three years after the death of her mother in Ukraine. But the Home Office says she must return.

Her foster parents have set up a shop and are selling produce donated by local traders to help raise the money they need for legal fees to fight Iryna's deportation.

We are so amazed at the support we have recieved,not just from the people of Bodmin but from further afield. We initially set a three thousand pound target.I've all ready paid out two and a half thousand pounds in legal costs alone with court costs.

– Terence Voysey

Iryna's only close relative is an elderly grandmother with dementia, but the Home Office is insisting she is sent back to an uncertain future in Ukraine.

Firms from the Bodmin area have donated clothes, books and toys. One of those who helped to set up the shop was Roisin Morris.

Iryna goes to my school,she's friends with my little sister.She's such a beautiful young lady.It's just so unfair that they want to deport her.I just can't imagine what she's going through and I want to help every little bit I can.

– Roisin Morris

The Home Office says it doesn't comment on individual cases.

Foster parents' fight to stop Ukrainian teen being deported

14-year-old Iryna Mynich faces deportation. Credit: ITV West Country

A temporary charity shop has been opened in Bodmin by the foster parents of a Ukrainian teenager facing deportation.

Terence and Heather Voysey brought 14-year-old Iryna Mynich to the UK after her mother was murdered. But Iryna now faces being deported back to the Ukraine. Her foster parents say she has nowhere to go. They've opened the shop to raise money for legal fees to fight to keep Iryna in the UK.

Today is the last day of trading for the shop. Most of it's products have been donated by local traders.

Ukrainian teenager faces deportation from Cornwall

Iryna Mynich has been told she will be deported Credit: ITV News

The Home Office has written to a 14-year-old Ukrainian girl living in Cornwall to tell her she's being deported.

Teenager Iryna Mynich was brought to the UK by Terence and Heather Voysey after her mother was murdered.

But the Government says she must go back to live with her elderly and infirm grandmother.

The Voyseys are campaigning to keep her with them at their home in Bodmin.

Bad life will be there always but if I can just run away from all those problem that came and waiting for me in Urkraine - I don't know what will happen.

I'm happy that I'm here with these people with Heather and Terrance - I love them so much

– Iryna Mynich


'Desperate need' for families to adopt older children in Devon

Families often choose to adopt babies and toddlers - but 'Families for Children' says taking in an older child can be very rewarding. Credit: ITV News

A South West adoption charity says it is in desperate need of people willing to adopt older children across Devon.

Families for Children says that there are fewer babies and toddlers up for adoption, but taking in an older child can be very rewarding.

They add that people should not be worried about adoption, as the charity will offer lifelong support and training.

50 looking for 'forever homes'

An urgent appeal's been launched for more prospective parents to come forward to adopt.

Bristol City Council is beginning a campaign that hopes to see 50 children, who are currently with foster families, find new homes in the next year.

A meeting is being held tonight at the Mshed in Bristol for anyone interested in adopting. But is the process of getting any easier?

Katie Rowlett reports

The meeting at the M Shed tonight is an adoption information open between 6pm and 7.30pm for more details on the meeting and adopting in Bristol click here. For more information on adoption in the UK click here

Homes wanted for Bristol children

An event is being held at the M Shed museum in Bristol this evening for people interested in adopting a child.

As part of National Adoption Week the City Council is beginning a campaign to find homes for 50 children who are currently staying with foster carers.

The Council says the process is more open than people might think. Karen Amegashitsi is the Foster & Adoption Team Manager for Bristol City Council.

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