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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.


Homes wanted for Cornish children

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

Appeal for Cornish families to adopt

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...

Cornwall Council look for adoptive families

Cornwall Council look for adoptive families Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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