Appropriate and accurate family recognition is always in children’s best interests

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LGBTQ Parenting Network supports simplified certain birth registration

TORONTO October 1, 2015  – A Private Member’s Bill announced today aims to fix Ontario’s laws regarding parental recognition. If passed, this Bill will make birth registration services more equitable and accessible for LGBTQ families.

Allowing a child’s parents to be properly legally recognized from birth brings certainty to parents. Currently, families are recognized but the process for second parent adoptions and declarations of parentage typically take several months after a child’s birth. In that time, families are not properly legally recognized which can impact healthcare decisions, their ability to travel internationally, as well as their sense of security.

The proposed changes will bring Ontario’s birth registration process into line with other Canadian jurisdictions, such as British Columbia, that have allowed equal access to birth registration for some time.  This legislation would simplify already the birth registration process for LGBTQ families making it faster, easier, and cheaper, and bringing the process in line with standard birth registration processes.

“This proposed legislation would help clarify the legal framework for LGBTQ parents,” said Andy Inkster, Health Promoter with the LGBTQ Parenting Network. “It would make it simpler for parents to accurately register their child’s birth.”

“Birth registration is a major issue and barrier for many of the families that we serve,” reports Inkster.

About LGBTQ Parenting Network and the Sherbourne Health Centre

Since 2001, the LGBTQ Parenting Network has offered resources and guidance to LGBTQ families who are unsure of their rights and responsibilities in Ontario.

The LGBTQ Parenting Network is a program of Sherbourne Health Centre. The Parenting Network supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer parenting through training, research, resource development, and community organizing. The Network works with individuals, organizations, and communities to help LGBTQ families thrive locally and internationally.

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Contact: Andy Inkster, Health Promoter, LGBTQ Parenting Network, Sherbourne Health Centre, 416-324-4100 ext. 5276

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