This is a letter to the United States Government which is calling to attention the disregard for alternative family systems and their importance in our society. Current members in the government have stated that "Family definitions play a major role not only in programs, but in virtually every policy arena". Our governmental definitions of family not only affect the benefits individuals are entitled to, it also affects the emotional status of unrecognized family members. The plutonic family systems of the 1950's has been proven to only encompass portion of our society and as we see more and more alternative family units emerging we must have new definitions to ensure our support for those families. There are several ways that family is currently defined in our government and our own government affirms this by stating that "Families cannot be defined simply or universally for purposes of Federal programs and policies. Much variation is due to the complex nature of the family itself and to the specific purpose of the Federal program". Although this acknowledgement of the complexity of family we would like to propose a list of inclusions for our government to consider when proposing new legislation that affects any aspect of family.
Family includes both genetically and non-genetically connected family members.
Family transcends ethnicity and nationalities, families can have allegiance to many flags and be comprised of many different skin colors.
Family is needs community, if you protect the family, but harm the community systems around it such as schools, libraries, and parks, then you inherently harm the family unit.
Families need support and daycare is expensive, and we cannot undervalue the importance of raising our future generations in healthy environments.
Families may be composed of many sexual orientations. This does not mean that parents that are gay, lesbian, transgender, or other sexual orientations are any less valuable parents. We need to value and support all parents for their hard work as being parents.
Families may be comprised of single parent households. These parents need extra support for their work and dedication. Child care should be made freely available to these parents as well as government aid no matter their gender.
Families do not have age restrictions, old and young adults help raise children in many different situations.
Families are very dynamic and change all of the time and assistance to families should be dynamic and not dependent on social class.
We should have legislation that speeds up the process for parents seeking to adopt, children who spend long periods of time in foster care suffer extensively. We need to ensure the child's safety and well being.
Family policy should be written by mothers and fathers, not by accountants. Family policy should not be victim to budget cuts and tax raises.
WE CANNOT UNDERVALUE OUR FAMILIES!!!!!!
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