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Fair Day Social Story

In order to better support and include children with disability within the community, Rainbow Families created a social story for Fair Day.

Developed with the assistance of a registered Speech Pathologist, the stories are provided to parents and carers free of charge. 

Parents and carers can use the stories as a tool to assist their child with disability understand, anticipate, and participate in the activities run by Rainbow Families. 

It is hoped that as a result of these stories children with disability will experience greater levels of engagement and confidence during community activities, and reduced distress, anxiety and isolation. 

This initiative is possible thanks to funding through the FundAbility program, operated by The Northcott Society.

Download your copy of the Rainbow Families Playgroups Social Story here

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Playgroup Social Story

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In order to better support and include children with disability within the community, Rainbow Families created a social story for Rainbow Families playgroups.

Developed with the assistance of a registered Speech Pathologist, the stories are provided to parents and carers free of charge. 

Parents and carers can use the stories as a tool to assist their child with disability understand, anticipate, and participate in the activities run by Rainbow Families. 

It is hoped that as a result of these stories children with disability will experience greater levels of engagement and confidence during community activities, and reduced distress, anxiety and isolation. 

This initiative is possible thanks to funding through the FundAbility program, operated by The Northcott Society.

Download your copy of the Rainbow Families Playgroups Social Story here

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Rainbow Families Catch Up Social Story

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In order to better support and include children with disability within the community, Rainbow Families created a social story for monthly catch ups.

Developed with the assistance of a registered Speech Pathologist, the stories are provided to parents and carers free of charge. 

Parents and carers can use the stories as a tool to assist their child with disability understand, anticipate, and participate in the activities run by Rainbow Families. 

It is hoped that as a result of these stories children with disability will experience greater levels of engagement and confidence during community activities, and reduced distress, anxiety and isolation. 

This initiative is possible thanks to funding through the FundAbility program, operated by The Northcott Society.

Download your copy of the Rainbow Families Catch Up Social Story here

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School Support Guide for Rainbow Families

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Rainbow Families School Support Guide is the result of collaboration between Rainbow Families and writer, Jacqui Tomlins.  The Guide has been developed in response to ongoing requests for information from parents and care-givers and is part of Rainbow Families’ commitment to providing quality resources for LGBTIQ families.
 
There are many things that rainbow families share with other families: we all have to adjust to the changes children bring to our lives; we all want our kids to grow up secure, healthy and happy; we all have good parenting days and bad.  And we all have to deal with nits and homework and fights over screen time.

But there are some things that are unique to rainbow families; small day-to-day challenges and bigger questions and concerns.  Rainbow Families School Support Guide aims to address those differences.  The ideas, suggestions and advice contained in the guide represent the collective wisdom of dozens of parents who have grappled with these questions and challenges and come up with some great solutions.

We hope the guide will also be of value to early learning educators, teachers, counselors and other school staff who work with rainbow families. We hope it will provide them with insight and understanding and give them the knowledge and confidence to provide informed support to our families.

Download your copy

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Guide to raising resilient families

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The strength and resiliency of our families relies on the strength and resiliency of our community. Rainbow Families empowers LGBTQI families by raising awareness, addressing discrimination and promoting acceptance of family diversity for lesbian mothers, gay dads and all Rainbow Families.

Rainbow families may experience discrimination because of laws or prejudice, need help accessing basic services, or struggle to find acceptance in schools, workplaces, with neighbours or in the community as a whole. 

Fighting for equality and creating positive, safe spaces for our families is critical to supporting strength and resiliency.

To help us create resilient families, Rainbow Families has released a guide to raising resilient families, with tips on being more resilient parents and carers.  

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Early Years Support Guide

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Rainbow Families Early Years Support Guide is the result of collaboration between Rainbow Families and writer, Jacqui Tomlins.  The Guide has been developed in response to ongoing requests for information from parents and care-givers and is part of Rainbow Families’ commitment to providing quality resources for LGBTIQ families.
 
There are many things that rainbow families share with other families: we all have to adjust to the changes children bring to our lives; we all want our kids to grow up secure, healthy and happy; we all have good parenting days and bad.  And we all have to deal with nits and homework and fights over screen time.

But there are some things that are unique to rainbow families; small day-to-day challenges and bigger questions and concerns.  Rainbow Families Early Years Support Guide aims to address those differences.  The ideas, suggestions and advice contained in the guide represent the collective wisdom of dozens of parents who have grappled with these questions and challenges and come up with some great solutions.

Download your copy now

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Rainbow Families Postnatal Depression Resource

Rainbow Families received a grant from the WayAhead Foundation to conduct a parenting workshop on the issues of perinatal anxiety and depression, and develop a resource specific for our community.

“ friends can look after you by being there, doing practical thins such as cleaning, washing, cooking and taking baby for a while.. active listening with no judgment, and I got a lot out of the rainbow playgroup and a bit of adult company, parents who were real and admitted it is hard some days.”  

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About Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

Conception, pregnancy, birth and bringing a baby home can be an intense time.

In Australia depression affects one in five females and one in eight males. The research stated that post natal depression effects 16% of new mothers. We don't have stats for gay or trans parents. There is a gap in the research and health information about the experience of LGBTQI parents.

During 2016 Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week, Rainbow Families held a focus group with a lovely morning tea as part of the Sydney Rainbow Families Playgroup. There was also an online survey inviting members to share their stories and wisdoms about experiencing depression and anxiety. Members of our communities shared their struggles and also what they found helpful, and what made a difference for them, their relationship and their baby.

“ Know you are not alone. Acknowledge sleep deprivation has huge impacts and so nap when you can. Always ensure you allow yourself at least half an hour of your time each day. Lower your own expectations and ignore other people’s. Try not to compare.”          

The new Rainbow Families Postnatal Depression Resource is available now

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Surrogacy Handboook

Sarah Jefford has written Australia’s first surrogacy handbook. Sarah is a lawyer specialising in surrogacy. Her passion comes form her first hand experience as an egg donor and surrogate.

The guide covers a range of topics including:

  • The surrogacy process
  • The laws of surrogacy in Australia
  • How much does surrogacy cost
  • Parentage orders

Download your copy here

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Love Makes A Family Report

Earlier in the year Rainbow Families surveyed over 200 members of our community. We asked about issues they faced as LGBTIQ parents, particularly from the NSW government. The report was officially launched at Family Pride in May 2017.  

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Rainbow Families was invited by the NSW Parliament friendship group of LGBTIQ people to present the finding fo the report at Parliament of 10th August.

Moving forward, we are hoping to meet with all ministers and shadow ministers who have recommendations in the report to discuss the best ways of removing discrimination faced by LGBTIQ parents.

Rainbow Families is particularly proud of this report, and look forward to being part of a positive change for our families. 

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Guide for educators

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Rainbow Families NSW has released a guide for schools and daycare centres to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) parents and their children throughout the postal plebiscite.

Download your copy of the guide here


Rainbow Families Co-Chair, Vanessa Gonzalez said the Guide to supporting our kids through the postal plebiscite was created in response to an identified need from the community.
“This debate is not actually about our families, they already exist, and our kids deserve to be safe and protected at school.
“But there have already been reports of children and LGBTIQ families being targeted in hurtful campaign material.
“We wanted to equip school communities to support our kids during this time.”


Rainbow Families Co-Chair, Ashley Scott, said that the guide was designed to provide clear ways that communities can support the kids of rainbow families during the postal plebiscite.
“The guide has ten simple ways school communities can support children and parents.
“Our website also contains resources to support parents during this time.

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The guide was released to schools where a parent or carer from that school community asked Rainbow Families to send it them.
“We have sent the guide to schools across Australia this morning and are encouraging school leaders to share it with their staff.”

The guide was sent to over 400 schools and day care centres. So far only 40% of the emails have been opened, so if you requested the guide to be sent, please don’t assume it has been read. 

We encourage everyone to print the guide and take it to your child’s school, day care centre or P&C association, and have a conversation with the school community about how they can support your family. 


Rodney Chiang-Cruise, a parent from our community, told Rainbow Families that his school community had been extremely receptive of the Guide.
“It is something that I have been wanting ever since this survey was announced,” Rodney said.
“I wanted something that I could take to my son's school and speak about.
“The guide is great. This morning I sent it to the Headmaster of my son's school and within 30 minutes he was back in contact with me. He understood my concerns about the hate campaign being waged against our families. He did more than just understand, with the guide in hand he committed to ensuring all teachers get a copy, committed to speaking to all the teachers about looking out for our kids. He went further and said he would make it part of his assembly address and put it in the weekly newsletter.
“As a gay dad, I felt a huge sigh of relief. We may not be able to stop the hate campaign, but with the school we can ensure our son's school is a safe place for him. I am grateful to the Headmaster for being so receptive. I am happy that I had the guide to start that conversation.”

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Halloween Disco Social Story

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In order to better support and include children with disability within the community, Rainbow Families created a social story for the Halloween Disco.

Developed with the assistance of a registered Speech Pathologist, the stories will be  provided to parents and carers free of charge.

Parents and carers can use the stories as a tool to assist their child with disability understand, anticipate, and participate in the activities run by Rainbow Families.

It is hoped that as a result of these stories children with disability will experience greater levels of engagement and confidence during community activities, and reduced distress, anxiety and isolation.

Future Social Stories to be released include: Going to Mardis Gras, Going to Fair Day, Going to Playgroup and Going to the Catch-Up.

This initiative is possible thanks to funding through the FundAbility program, operated by The Northcott Society.

Download your copy of the Halloween Disco Social Story here

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