Rainbow Families, the peak body supporting LGBTQ+ parents and families in NSW, has developed a new parent peer support program.

The program aims to build connections for parents, guardians and carers in the LGBTQ+ community by linking caregivers with similar experiences and backgrounds and creating networks of belonging and support. The program runs for 20 weeks, with fortnightly catch ups that bring people together to share experiences, identify shared learnings and establish close relationships. All volunteers and participants identify as LGBTQ+ and have lived experience of raising children as a rainbow family.

The program builds on other important work being done by Rainbow Families, including its antenatal classes for LGBTQ+ families, Family Violence Prevention Program, Youth Advisory Council and various support guides.

Rainbow Families NSW continues to grow, and has been especially important source of support and connection during the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown, with many programs and classes shifting to online.

I congratulate the Board and staff at Rainbow Families and commend you for your important work in support of LGBTQ+ families across NSW.