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... What are they? The American Heritage Dictionary (AHD, 2000) has a number of definitions for the word “family” as it applies to human beings. It is a fundamental social group in society which typically consists of one or two parents and their children. It can also be two or more people who share goals and values, have long-term commitments to one another, and reside usually in the same dwelling place. It can also refer to all the members of a household under one roof or it can be a group of persons sharing common ancestry. Diem (1997), a political scientist on the other hand, says the definition of what a family is depends on who is going to provide the definition, a social scientist, the State, a...