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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.

Would-be adoptive dad explains 'simple' process

A man hoping to adopt for the first time along with his wife has explained the process to Daybreak.

Sam began the process of adoption at the beginning of this year and has already been through screening, preparation, and home visits.

He explained: "It has been made so much more simple. It has taken us from January 2 until today - and we've been to panel already."

He continued: "The social workers were excellent with us...really if you are thinking of doing it, please do it."

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Govt pledges 'extra £50m' to improve adoption process

The Government has pledged an extra £50 million to help improve adoption services, the children's minister has announced.

Our new adoption leadership board will play an important role ensuring local authorities and adoption agencies stay on track and recruit more adopters - and a further £50 million for councils in 2014 will help them put the building blocks in place to implement our reforms.

– Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson

Govt: Use online adoption maps to speed up process

Parents looking for a child to adopt should use the online map. Credit: PA

The Government is urging more would-be adoptive parents to use their interactive online adoption maps to find suitable children to raise.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said "promising progress" was being made towards improving adoption rates but significantly more remained to be done.

Information like the number of children waiting for adoption, approval rates and the time taken to complete the process are on the map.

Department for Education figures show a 34% increase in adopters and adoptions up by a record 15% following the implementation of reforms.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the issue is a personal priority.

Parents describe joy of adopting a brother and sister

Liz and John are looking forward to their first Christmas with their two adopted children. Credit: DaybreakITV

Two new parents have told Daybreak of their joy at adopting siblings and the bond they have built with the young children.

Liz and John were speaking as children's charity Barnardo's launches a campaign to persuade more people to adopt siblings, as 50% of the children on the Adoption Register are immediately related.

Mum Liz dismissed concerns two children would be overwhelming for new parents, because if there was no previous parenting experience to compare it to, "how would you know any different?"

Dad John beamed as he spoke of the thought of his first Christmas with his children:

"We have always really wanted to have two children. Unfortunately we cannot have children naturally. When we started out with the adoption process, we always said we wanted two children.

"That's what we aim for, and that is what we got."

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