A family is a group of persons united by common ancestry or by ties of
marriage or adoption. A household consists of a family, and possibly
servants, living under one roof and united under one head. A typical
nuclear family consists of a husband and wife and their children.
An extended family may also include elderly dependents or married
children, living at home with their spouses and children.
Family groups form an institution that generally provides guidance and
regulation of sexual conduct, legitimate procreation, care and rearing
of children, and love and socialization between its members. The
family unit also cares for sick or disabled members. In doing so,
basic physical requirements, emotional needs, and financial security are
provided for each member. Families generally help society by
promoting stability and order.
In modern Western societies, government authorities have assumed some
traditional family responsibilities, such as caring for the chronically
ill and aged, educating children, and providing various recreational
opportunities. Of course, these social services are funded by taxes
imposed on their citizenry. Helpful family resources include
Focus on the Family and the
Administration for Children and
Families, which is responsible for federal programs that promote
the economic and social well-being of families and children.
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