On Families

familyOn Tuesday, November 26, 2013, the New York Times ran a lengthy piece entitled Families: The Changing American Family. The article chronicles the changing face of the American family and the complexities behind those statistics. In this article, the families were complicated. They were bi-racial, gay and lesbian, Protestants, Catholics, married, single, blended families, rich and poor. These families didn’t exist fifty years ago. In reading the article and looking at the photographs, I realized that these are the families we represent in our office. Our families have adopted children, complicated step-parents, grandparents and parents who are incarcerated. Yet they remain families committed to helping one another.

I want to urge everyone to read the article because when we get starry-eyed or nostalgic about family, it is important to note that the expanding definition of what it means to be a family reflects a different but more inclusive concept. I am thankful for that inclusion and celebrate and welcome the families who turn to our office for help in all of their complexity.


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About MickiMoran

Micki Moran is the founding partner of The Child and Family Law Center, Ltd. She dedicates her practice to providing legal assistance to children and families who are in need of representation in the areas of special education, disability law, juvenile and young adult criminal law, abuse and neglect, guardianship and mental health issues. Micki's practice is founded on the principle that children and their families require and deserve excellent legal representation with a multidisciplinary approach that works with multiple systems of care and creates communities that support and improve the quality of all peoples' lives.
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