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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A murky but mild start to the week which quickly turns dry and cold over the next few days with brisk winds.
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