Welcome to NELFA aisbl
Network of European LGBT Families Associations (NELFA)
In many European countries, Rainbow Families, that is families where parents are LGBT, are faced with unsuitable domestic laws, if not a total legal void.
This lack of proper recognition of Rainbow Families exposes them and especially their children to all sorts of legal risks. These families live with the thought that if a tragedy touches their life, for instance, the death or accident of the legal parent, the bond of the social parent to the child may not be recognised by the Law and basically their family life can be severely disrupted.
It goes without saying that this precarious situation may of course produce negative effects on the family and its members: a feeling of insecurity and uncertainty, social invisibility and psychological stress to name a few.
Imagine if your Parents weren't legally recognised in most countries of the european union...
Same-sex families often stop being considered a family as soon as they set foot in a different country in the European Union - because the EU lacks a general legal framework to recognise these couples and their children across borders.
We call on you to address this situation and ensure mutual recognition of same-sex families, wherever they are.