We Are Family: Nontraditional Families in America
July 15, 2021, 7 PM ET

Cheryl H. Litzke, Ph.D, LMFT, Therapist

A 2015 Pew Research Center study revealed that only 43% of American children live in traditional families. When most people are asked the question, “What is a family?” they often describe a family in terms of its structure. Can a cohabitating couple be a family? Can a homosexual couple be a family? Or is a family defined by the presence of children and marital bonds only? What about a family with non-biological children which includes adoptive and fostering families or parents raising stepchildren? These are the many evolving types of families that can enlarge our concept of family that goes beyond biological or legal bonds.


Dr Cheryl H. Litzke has been a member of three family structure types during her lifetime. Two of those were non-traditional types: a single parent family type followed by a remarried family system type. Her concern as presented in this webinar and taught in her classroom as Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Department of Drexel University is the marginalization of nontraditional family structures. These structures do not fit the mold of two heterosexual parent household families. Dr. Litzke holds diversity and social justice as a foundation for her work as a licensed professional who sees clients out of her office in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Her dedication to the field of family therapy is evidenced in her publications, presentations and teaching.

Litzke, C.H. (2005). Racial Domination and Privilege. Newsletter of the American Family Therapy Academy.

Litzke, C.H. (2006). “Marriage at the crossroads or privileged as the high road: Implications for family policy, freedom and health.” A Brief Presentation as part of the Sociocultural Conversations Section of the American Family Therapy Academy’s 2006 Annual meeting.

Morgan, O.J. & Litzke, C.H. (2008)/ Family Interventions in Substance Abuse: Current Best Practices. The Haworth Press.


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