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 rash of hit and miss showers are due followed by some bright spells but it's mostly cloudy and dry this afternoon. Highs of 15 C.
Some showers steaming through - perhaps early April showers. A few bright breaks to follow but it's mostly cloudy. Top temps 15 C.
The Cheltenham manager, who is recovering from heart surgery, has thanked people for their well wishes and called on fans to back the team