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!
Maddox is adopted from Cambodia, Zahara is adopted from Ethiopia, and Pax from Vietnam. Vivienne, Knox and Shiloh are genetically related to Mom and Dad - though we don't know any details!
Iron Chef Cat Cora and her partner Jennifer Cora both had their eggs surgically removed. The eggs were fertilized with sperm from the same donor, using IVF. The fertilized eggs from Cat were put into the uterus from Jennifer, and the fertilized eggs from Jennifer were placed in Cora. They both gave birth to two kids: Caje and Nash. The couple also gave birth to two other children using IVF: Thatcher and Zoran.
The two Dads have two boys, Elijah and Zachary. The children were born two years apart, but have the same egg donor and gestational surrogate. We do not know which Dads' sperm was used to make the babies.
Kai and Pax were born to transgender parents. Daddy was pregnant with both boys and gave birth via a c-section.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer had two sons, William and Harry. After 15 years of marriage, the parents divorced. Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, who had also been divorced from her previous partner. Do you think Prince Harry and Prince William call Camilla their step-Mom?
We'd love to add your story. Tell us where your egg and sperm came from, how they were united, who gestated and gave birth to you, and who is in your family! You can send a photograph or draw a picture of your family. We can keep it anonymous or publish your names - whatever you prefer.