There’s no such thing as a typical family. What makes a family differs from child to child. Some children have a mum and a dad, some live with just their mum or just their dad, or with grandparents, or uncles and aunts, or foster parents or carers. Some children have two mums or two dads. Or some have two mums, a dad and grandparents. Families come in lots of different shapes and sizes. The children who talked to us come from lots of different sorts of families too. Some are described on this page.
Alice (7) and Hannah’s (16) family
Hannah is 16. Her mum was married to her father, but Hannah’s parents separated when she was two. Hannah lived with just her mother, Sarah, until Sarah met her current partner, Jo. Sarah, a teacher, and Jo, a civil servant, have always been open as a couple in their small northern town and have never had any problems. Sarah and Jo then had Alice, now age seven. Alice was conceived via anonymous sperm don