about the campaign
A campaign for equality for children of LGBT+ parents in IrelanD
Who are we?
Equality for Children was formed in October 2019 when a group of LGBT+ parents came together to fight for equality for their children. We are a not-for-profit organisation that is fully volunteer led.
In Ireland, the majority of children within LGBT+ families are prevented from having a legal relationship with both of their parents. While the recent enactment of the CFRA (Children and Families Relationships Act) was a step in the right direction, only a small number of children have benefitted from this legislation. If you are an LGBT+ family who falls outside of the parameters of the CFRA, only the parent who is deemed to be the birth and/or biological parent can be listed on their child’s birth certificate. This results in many avoidable issues for children as they grow up; medical treatment, school enrollments, foreign travel, tax/inheritance rights are just some of the areas that are needlessly complicated when one parent is viewed as a legal stranger to their child.
The Equality for Children campaign advocates for these families and aims to mobilise public opinion to affect change.
- Children still excluded are:
- Children born to male parents
- Children born via surrogacy
- Children conceived or born outside of Ireland
- Children conceived using at-home insemination
- Children conceived using known or anonymous donors
***(Note that some amnesties apply for children born or conceived prior to May 5th 2020.)
Equality for Children are calling on the Government to end this discrimination by publishing an Assisted Human Reproduction Bill to include all children born to LGBT+ families; and by updating policy, supports, benefits and services that benefit children of heterosexual parents to also include children of LGBT+ parents.
We are working with LGBT Ireland, GCN, Dublin Pride, TENI and many other partners to make this happen.