On 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.Share on Facebook