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Equality for Children began when a group of LGBT+ parents came together and started working together in October 2019. We are a not-for-profit organisation that is fully volunteer led.
We are focused on one issue, and that is that children of LGBT+ parents are treated differently to other children in Ireland.
Up to May 5th 2020, children born to LGBT+ parents could only have a legal relationship with the parent that was deemed their biological parent. On May 5th 2020, the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 will be enacted. This will give some of these children (40%) a pathway to a legally recognised relationship with their second parent.
However, only those who are conceived as per the narrow criteria as set out in the Act will be included leaving 60% of all children of LGBT+ parents behind. Children born to male parents, born via surrogacy, conceived or born outside of Ireland, conceived using at-home insemination, conceived using known or anonymous donors, or conceived via reciprocal IVF are excluded. (Note, some amnesties apply for children born or conceived prior to May 5th 2020).We are calling on the Government to end this discrimination by publishing the 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 and other partners to make this happen.