Rainbow Babies & Kids Conference Aims:
• To provide an opportunity for adults and children of all ages who live in diverse families to experience a sense of community, relax, learn and celebrate together.
• To empower kids of and parent(s) who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) to talk about and network with our community’s families.
• To dispel myths and increase knowledge about our families, in order to impact the national dialogue about family values and improve the service response received by our kids and GLBTIQ parents/carers.
• Finding a Donor or Surrogate: managing the ongoing donor/surrogate relationship.
• Raising Donor Children: meeting donor siblings & diblings, languaging relationships, managing expectations.
• Partner to Partner Surrogacy: the how & why.
• Building a Family via Fostering, Guardianship or Adoption.
• Legal Protections for GLBTIQ Families.
• Building Resilience in Rainbow Kids and Families: accessing community resources and services.
• Raising Rainbow Kids in Special Contexts: additional needs and vulnerabilities including disabilities, mental health, family & domestic violence, substance abuse and culture.
• Why the personal continues to be political – personal narratives at the local, state, national and international level.
• The Rainbow Generation: A workshop led by kids for kids from GLBTIQ families, assisting them to understand and tell their story of growing up rainbow.
• Hearing from grandparents and community elders about their experience of families where the parent(s) identify as LGBTIQ.
• Building inclusive schools where kids from rainbow families receive inclusion, protection and respect. Helping families and schools to be proactive and responsive.
• Kids, teens and adult gaybies panel: allowing kids with LGBTIQ parents and carers to speak about issues of importance to them.
• Intergenerational activities and entertainment including a Family Dance Party!
• Off-site excursions to some of Sydney’s best family oriented places and attractions, in addition to a social program running parallel to the conference.
Book and Resource Stalls:
Stalls and tables are available for hire and appropriate resources may be displayed and sold. These will include:
• Services and relevant private enterprises.
• LGBTIQ family-friendly book authors/publishers including picture and chapter books and books for parents, carers, human service providers and schools.
Attendees may come for the weekend or just for a day. Registration fees vary by age of participant and length of stay.
Accommodation will be secured via a block booking in order to receive affordable rates.
If you would like to participate in the organisation of the RBK Conference in Sydney: 2-4 December 2016, you can join one of the following sub conversations. To join, send a PM, note request below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Community (kids and adult) participation.
- Speaker Programming.
- Social Planning.
- Sponsorship & Fundraising.
- Stakeholder professional liaison.
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