Trans Parents & Family Law Information
Supporting our Families: Trans Parents and Family Law Information
Lead Agency: LGBTQ Parenting Network, Sherbourne Health Centre
Partners: The LGBTQ Parenting Connection, Rainbow Health Ontario and Downtown Legal Services
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Legal Topics for Training
Transgender (trans) parents’ legal rights in the area of family law, specifically with respect to separation agreements, custody and access agreements, independent legal advice and mediation.
Training community and health workers and community leaders who support trans gendered parents in key areas of family law that have a particularly important impact on this community. The project will work with rural communities in southwestern Ontario and will provide web-based training opportunities.
- “Trusted intermediaries” for the trans community: informal community leaders who provide support, information, and referral to trans parents in more rural and isolated settings, who have custody and access issues
- Health and social service providers: professionals who may be working with trans parents in rural and remote settings with custody and access issues
This training project will take place over 12 months, with the training delivered in two key formats:
- Two webinars will be developed and hosted
- Five in-person training sessions of 3 hours each will be offered across the province in areas that serve rural communities including: Thunder Bay; London; St. Catharines; Peterborough
Need for Training
Trans parents are at high risk for inequitable and biased outcomes during custody disputes. While they may request help for these issues from peer support groups, the volunteer community leaders who coordinate these groups rarely possess the legal understanding needed to respond effectively. Supporting Our Families seeks to build the capacity of trans community leaders and informal support networks across the province, to respond effectively to the family law information needs of trans people who are parents, in particular, those living in rural or remote areas.
To our knowledge, this project will be the first of its kind in North America. In addition, developing informal infrastructure and peer support networks within trans communities is a new approach which may open the door to future collaborations between service providers and communities