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.

A very special thanks to the parents and children who generously shared their journey to parenthood and the joys of being part of a Rainbow family. Thanks to Cathy, Jai, Ashley, Maeve, Thea, and Mikayla. And to our wonderful volunteers Rachelle, Eva, Juliette, Dianne, Krisandra and Ali.