COFACE member NELFA marked World Children’s Day on November 20th 2023 alongside several other rainbow organisations with a joint statement highlighting and condemning recent developments in Italy, where some children are now facing the distressing reality of unrecognised parents. All families need to be recognised and respected, without discrimination, in order to protect the best interest of the child and make sure they are not exposed to discrimation.
The Network of European LGBTIQ* Families Associations (NELFA), COFACE member, is very worried about the recent developments in Bulgaria and Italy. The Supreme Administrative Court in Sofia decided to leave “Baby Sara” at risk – against the CJEU judgement in December 2021. And the government in Rome forces liberal cities to stop their co-mother recognition.
With 43 associations representing thousands of LGBTIQ* families, NELFA promotes the exchange of information between its members. In 2022, published its review on the state of progress for rainbow families in Europe.
Most recently, Commission President von der Leyen used her State of the European Union to underline her support for the LGBTIQ community and the recognition of rainbow families.