What Is Family?
Posted by joyinhome on June 23, 2010
My family consists of me and my two children. Growing up, my nuclear family included my mother, my aunt and my cousin but my definition always included my extended family of grandparents, aunts, cousins and uncles.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor took a huge step in providing an updated definition for today’s family; more specifically, those who care for children and would be eligible for using the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). ‘In loco parentis’ was clarified to mean anyone who cares for a child and needs time off (unpaid) to care for them when they are ill: aunties, uncles, grandma, grand-dad, same-sex parents. In DC, social service benefits were updated this past year to account for so many grandparents who have guardianship of their children’s children.