Rainbow Families hosted the second annual Making Rainbow Families Seminar on June 24th. It was a sold out event with over 80 LGBTIQ perspective parents attending to hear about the different pathways to becoming a parent.
The day started with a welcome from keynote speaker Jacquie Tomlins who wrote the Early Years Support Guide, which is a handbook for LGBTIQ people embarking on the parenting journey.
Attendees were able to chose between three talks tailored to the different needs within our community - home insemination, surrogacy, and options for gender diverse people.
Joanna Mrakovicic from Barnados spoke about the changes within the fostering and adoption system - which now welcomes LGBTIQ carers.
There were also discussion around finding the right health care professional, followed by Sally Cooper from Dowson Turco who gave a very informative talk on the legal issues LGBTIQ parents need to be aware of.
The day finished with a panel of children raised by LGBTIQ parents, and parents from our community representing all of the options available to potential parents - giving attendees an opportunity to ask parents and children about challenges and rewards of parenting as an out and proud LGBITQ person.