When I used to have two dogs, I considered them family.
My own family that I live with at home only consists of me and my father, so the plurality of the first definition when it comes to “parents” and “children” would suggest that my father and I are not a family. Mine certainly has changed from me and my parents to me and my dad after my mom passed away, and thats not including the rest of my family.
Yes, we are the only ones that are currently living in her apartment, but I believe her family, and my host family, is much bigger than that.
She has at least two sons, both of which have moved out and have gotten married.
Some programs are more reasonable with their definition of the family, but even then, they are still getting much less in comparison to wealthier, more “of the norm” families, in which there is a husband that works and a mother that stays at home with the children (Sugarman).
I actually have many people I am not blood related to that I call cousins, aunts, and uncles.There are certain programs set in place to help families who have low income in the United States.The viewpoints on what makes up a family differs between the public programs, but for the most part, the family is very similar to the first definition given by Oxford.My mother was kicked out of her house by a cruel father and stepmother, and began to live with an older woman for the rest of the time that she grew up.
She was much more of a mother to her than her real mother, who battled issues with alcoholism and still does to this day.She does like being around people, though, which is a big reason she is a host parent through ISA.