How do all the people who play a role (or played a role) in creating and caring for you fit together? Do you call them your family or do you have other words to describe them?

There are many ways to be a family. We may have one or more parents. They may be of the same gender or different genders. They may currently take care of us, or they may not. Sometimes we are raised by on older sibling, a relative or a foster parent. Other times we grow up in an orphanage. Sometimes parent(s) are of the same race or ethnicity as us and sometimes they are not. Sometimes donors, surrogates and gestational surrogates are part of our family and sometimes they are not. Sometimes we have one, two, or many families.

Each person gets to define family for themselves, in a way that feels right for them!