Families come in an infinite variety of forms. Virtually everyone has one, whether it consists of your parents, your pets, a partner, children, a strong circle of friends, or extended relatives. The point is not to make assumptions about family that privilege the mom, dad, and 2.2 children model to the detriment of the rest. Easier said than done, of course, when pensions, Social Security, and the like are all bound up in that one model. This is the cutting edge for institutions and departments to address in their policies.