Same Sex couples, and single gay and lesbian people, are not allowed access to Adoption in Victoria.

Access to adoption was not part of the significant reform package passed through the Victorian Government in December 2008 as part of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act.

The Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Access to Assisted Reproductive Technology and Adoption Final Report tabled in June 2007 included five recommendations for adoption law reform. However in December 2007 the then state ALP government referred the recommendations to a federal committee looking at national adoption principles.

Our Adoption Campaign

Our Adoption Campaign aims to highlight how the rights and best interests of children are not being met by the current law in Victoria.

Since early 2010 a small but dedicated group of volunteers have been working on the Rainbow Families Council Adoption Campaign. In order to win over the hearts and minds of decision makes in government we need your help. In just three easy steps you can get involved today.

Step 1: Nominate for the campaign working group

“Many hands make light work” someone sensible once said – and it’s true!
We are currently seeking new Adoption Campaign working group members.

Members are subscribed to the working group email list and will be invited to attend our meetings and contribute to our campaign strategy.

You may also be invited to come along to meetings with Ministers or organisations if you are keen to as well.

On-the-job training provided, no level of campaign experience required – just your enthusiasm to help and a desire for social change☺

Interested? Please email us info@rainbowfamilies.org and tell us why you’d like to be involved. A member of the working group will then contact you with further information.

Step 2: Educate yourself about the issues

As an informed and informative campaigner, your job of changing people’s hearts and minds will become much easier.

The Adoption Working group is currently writing a set of materials for use on lobbying and advocating for adoption law reform. Read the reports and resources we have collated. Let us know of any resources you have come across that may be helpful. Please contact us if you would like to help research and prepare material for the campaign.

Step 3: Share your family story.

Sharing your family story can be a very powerful tool in a campaign where we aim to change people’s hearts and minds.

The Adoption working group are collecting a new set of family stories about the need for adoption reform for our campaign material and for any media we agree to do.

Contact us at info@rainbowfamilies.org if you are interested in finding out more about the campaign.