Nearly half of would-be adoptive and foster gay parents think they would only be approved for harder to place children because of their sexuality, a poll has revealed.
A further 36% of the 400 LGBT prospective parents quizzed felt their sexuality would be a barrier to becoming an adoptive or foster parent.
The survey, published by Action for Children and New Family Social, also found a quarter had been told they should not be a parent because of their sexuality.
Another third (35%) thought the assessment and matching process to adopt or foster would have been easier if they were not part of the LGBT community.
Tor Docherty, director of New Family Social, said: "If just 1% of the LGBT community adopt or foster, this could plug the gap and ensure every child in the country has a loving home."