Adoption call to gay men as '25% see sexuality as a barrier'

A children's charity has appealed to gay men who are interested in adopting children not to be deterred by "common myths" as it revealed a quarter see their sexuality as a barrier to becoming parents.

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Charity: 6,000 children are waiting to be adopted

As a survey revealed that a quarter of gay men see their sexuality as a barrier to becoming parents, Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, said:

In the UK there are 6,000 children waiting to be adopted and we know that gay men can make loving fathers.

If more people came forward we would be able to help give loving homes to thousands of children.

We need to make sure that everyone knows that they can adopt - so by next year many more will celebrate their first Father's Day.

25% of gay men see sexuality as a 'barrier to adoption'

A children's charity is appealing to gay men who are interested in adoption as it released the results of a survey that showed a quarter mistakenly see their sexuality as a barrier to becoming parents.

A quarter of gay men see their sexuality as a barrier to becoming parents, Action for Children reveals today. Credit: PA

Action for Children said anyone who is interested in adopting should not let common myths put them off, as thousands of children are still seeking loving permanent homes.

The charity's poll of 235 gay men who have adopted or are going through the process, showed that 17% were told that they shouldn't become a parent - mostly by their own family.

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