Social and support groups for prospective families and current rainbow families

Updated March 2018

Stay in touch with us by joining our two online Facebook groups

Rainbow Families Victoria

Rainbow Families Victoria discussion group 

We update these pages regularly and are a great way to keep up to date on events and information related to our rainbow families, here in Victoria, nationally and internationally.

You might like to also check out:

Trans, Gender Diverse and Gender Non-Binary parents & carers

This new group established in 2018 run by Rainbow Families Victoria holds meets ups once a month to talk all things related to prospective parenting, fertility, coming out, parenting and pretty much anything the group wants to discuss! You can apply to join the secret FB group by emailing info@rainbowfamilies.org.au 

Gay Dads Victoria FB group

An online group that meets for events and provides lots of useful information relevant to gay/bi dads parenting in Victoria. Follow them on FB here.

Prospective Lesbian Parents (Melbourne)

A friendly and informal group for lesbians/same sex attracted women considering a range of parenting arangments including couples and sole parents. Meets once a month to hear from guest speakers and have general discussions about parenting.  New people are welcome to come along any time. Join the closed group on FB for the calendar and details. Meetings in Melbourne CBD on 3rd Tuesday of the month during 2018.

Rainbow Playgroups & Family Meet Up’s

See our rainbow playgroups page for the contacts details of different meet up groups and playgroups around Melbourne and in Victoria.

 

Starting a new group or know of another group for rainbow families in Victoria  – email us! info@rainbowfamilies.org.au

LGBTIQ and rainbow family friendly services in Victoria

*Being listed here does not mean RFV endorses these services but rather that these services are LGBTI specific or friendly.

 drummond street services – queerspace

includes a range of programs for rainbow families, including family counselling, mediation, information and advocacy.  queerspace provides a safe and supportive space to obtain information and support services aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing by specialist queer and queer affirmative mental health practitioners. Located in Carlton with outreach to the Werribee clinic.

You can find out more here

MIND Equality

A safe, healing place for people of the LGBTIQ community providing: psychological counselling for individuals and couples,, family relationship counselling, occupational therapy and sex therapy. Located in North Fitzroy.

You can find out more here.

VAC

The VAC Centre Clinic is a safe, friendly LGBTI General Practice We provide general health care for gay men, lesbians and trans people, as well as specialist medical care for people living with HIV and expert sexual health screening and treatment. Located in St Kilda Road.

You can find out more here.

Bouverie Street 

Bouverie is a state-wide provider of family-based therapy. We are funded to see a range of different families, especially those experiencing mental health issues, alcohol and other drug related problems, acquired brain injury (ABI) and/or complex and traumatic circumstances. Located in Brunswick and state wide outreach.

 

You can find out more here.

Northside Clinic

Northside Clinic is open to all, but has a particular focus on Sexual Health, as well as providing quality medical care in a safe and friendly environment for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and HIV positive communities in Melbourne’s north. The clinic provides comprehensive testing for and management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV, as well as a full range of General Practice and Allied Health services. Located in North Fitzroy.

You can find out more here

Step-parenting Australia

As one of Australia’s fastest growing family types, Stepfamilies Australia is proud to support and strengthen stepfamilies. This website provides resources and information.

You can find out more here.

LGBTIQ+ FACEBOOK GROUPS TO FOLLOW

These  FB groups may be closed or public – search for them online and apply to join if they are relevant to you and your family. Many groups have monthly meet-ups or social events during the year

  • Bisexual Alliance Victoria
  • Poly Vic
  • Organisation Intersex International
  • Parents of Gender Diverse Children

Other parenting and support organisations

The Foster Care Association of Victoria

includes information, support and advocacy around fostering and permanent care (note: resources to be updated)

You can find out more here

Council for Single Mothers and their Children

Provides support, information and advocacy to single mothers, including a help line, publication and support and social groups. Go to www.csmc.org.au

Australian rainbow families groups

Rainbow Families NSW

Check out our fabulous rainbow family friends across the border! Rainbow Families NSW holds events and activities throughout the year,  advocates and provides  information for families in NSW.

You can find our more here

 

Australian parenting information

PANDA

Pernatal Anxiety and Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia to recover from post and antenatal depression and anxiety, a serious illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year. The have a specific LGBTIQ tipsheet under the resources section:

https://www.panda.org.au/awareness/resources

https://www.panda.org.au/

Essential Baby
Large online parenting community in Australia (not specifically for rainbow parents) – providing information and resources for conception, pregnancy, parenting. www.essentialbaby.com.au

 

International rainbow families groups

Colage

A website from the USA for children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s – www.colage.org

Family Equality Council

Based in the USA, works to ensure equality for LGBT families by building community, changing hearts and minds, and advancing social justice for all families. www.familyequality.org

Rainbow Conceptions

A website resource from the USA with books and info for GLBT community on the journey to parenthood http://www.rainbowconceptions.com/

 

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