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They Say You Can't Choose Your Family, But Some Do

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They Say You Can't Choose Your Family, But Some Do

Rear view of unified diverse neighbors huddled up after cleaning up their neighborhood.

SDI Productions/Getty Images

They Say You Can't Choose Your Family, But Some Do

You've heard the saying, 'Blood is thicker than water,' right? Yet for many people, family is not just about blood or DNA — it's about deep connections . For those people, chosen family could be close friends, people who share similar identities, people who went through similar experiences, or something else that forms a bond. We hear stories from people about their chosen families. We also speak with marriage and family therapist and sexologist Dr. Lexx Brown-James, about why chosen families are vital in people's lives. In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community. Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Rear view of unified diverse neighbors huddled up after cleaning up their neighborhood.

SDI Productions/Getty Images

 

You've heard the saying, 'Blood is thicker than water,' right? Yet for many people, family is not just about blood or DNA — it's about deep connections .

For those people, chosen family could be close friends, people who share similar identities, people who went through similar experiences, or something else that forms a bond.

We hear stories from people about their chosen families.

We also speak with marriage and family therapist and sexologist Dr. Lexx Brown-James, about why chosen families are vital in people's lives.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

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