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33 Photos That Prove There Is No One Way To Be An American Family

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The American family looks different than it did 50, or even 10, years ago.

The number of children living with two married parents has steadily decreased since the '80s. A 2012 Pew study found that 2 million dads stay at home with their kids -- a statistic that is also climbing. Around six million kids and adults have an LGBT parent. Minorities make up 37 percent of the population, but will increase to 57 percent in 2060. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2043, no group will make up a majority.

It's clearly time to celebrate all of the families in this country. So to ring in the Fourth of July this year, we asked our readers for family photos that represent the real America. The images we received include a single mom by choice who adopted her son when he was 2 years old, a military family with a dad who is in active duty in the Air Force, and a Sikh family who takes an annual road trip to Washington D.C. to celebrate the Independence Day.

Scroll down to seem them all below.

  • 1
    Ryane Nicole
    "When my husband and I met we both had sons of our own. I adopted his and he adopted my little boy. This past March we expanded our family to include one more bouncing baby boy and our blend of cultures, traditions and unconditional love truly reflects a changing America."
  • 2
    Rev. Jeanne Loveless
    "Here is a photo of our family: Rev. Jeanne Loveless, Rev. Dr. Christy Newton and our son Clivie."
  • 3
    Kate Parker
    "This is my family, or part of it. My mom, myself, my two daughters, my sister and her son."
  • 4
    Brandie VanNort
    "Single mom by choice, adopted my son when he was 2, he's 10 now."
  • 5
    "Proud father with great niece, grandson, granddaughter, and great grandson enjoying Long Island's north shore."
  • 6
    Jesika Knight
    "We have biological children and have also adopted. Our family is unique because it is always changing. Sometimes it is just the five of us. Other times we have other children in our home because we serve as a host family with an organization called Safe Families for Children which takes in children in crisis. In this picture, we have our three children as well as a host child."
  • 7
    Jill
    "My husband is Filipino so our daughters get to grow up w the best of both worlds, Filipino and American!"
  • 8
    Will George
    "Christopher and I met about a year ago and began a very sweet relationship that includes Christopher's two kids from his previous marriage. Sophie and Skylar are two of the most wonderful children I've ever been privileged enough to meet, and the whole extended family likes to enjoy the outdoors together."
  • 9
    Brittany Kaelber, Pieces Photography
    "We're a Military Family (my husband is active duty Air Force). Our kids are 2, 4 and almost 6. We reflect the growing trend of a larger, more traditional family (more than two kids, working husband, stay-at-home wife/mom) but are also going against the grain in an active effort to work hard, enjoy life, and do our best to raise kids that are respectful... I'm so proud to support a man who serves this great country and the freedoms we have."
  • 10
    Sandy Roffey
    "My family is part of the changing face of America because as a country we are seeing a change in how we accept one another. I have a daughter, 13, who is gay, a son, 11, who loves unicorns and pink pants, and a daughter, 19 months, who took an extra eight years to get here and who loves Mickey Mouse."
  • 11
    Jenn Garber
    "Our family has expanded thanks to open adoption. If you had asked me five years ago what I pictured my family would be like, this wouldn't have been my initial description. We researched different types of adoption, found the best fit for us, jumped in and followed our hearts."
  • 12
    Siobhan Mulligan
    "I am a single mom of five amazing children adopted through the foster care system over the past seven years. We share our home in Texas with four dogs, two birds and three sugar gliders. I have amazing children, and am thrilled to be able to continue to share their lives with their birth parents who are able to see their children on a regular basis... no child can have too many loving adults in their lives!"
  • 13
    Nikole Bush
    "He was the jock at his high school, and I was the band geek at mine. Our paths crossed years later we fell in love and had our beautiful little girl, Avah Grace."
  • 14
    Nikki Springer
    "Our family includes a nurse, Army veteran, and a freshman in high school."
  • 15
    Merrin McCallum Donahue
    "We're proud parents of our adorable boy."
  • 16
    Natalie Wemhoff
    "Proud of our little family we created via adoption. So thankful for the wonderful birth mothers that chose us to raise these beautiful, wild and crazy boys."
  • 17
    Adriana Dolden
    "My husband is from Korea and I was born and raised in Minnesota. Our kids are half korean and adorable as can be!"
  • 18
    Jocelyn Figueroa
    "Hubby and I started dating our junior year of high school, and got married two months after we graduated. Going on 14 years together and 12 years married. Our daughter is 11. We are very diverse too. Mom is Puerto Rican, Black, Mexican, and Native American. Dad is Irish, English, German, and Scottish. We're all San Diego natives."
  • 19
    Brenda Puabi
    "I am a single mom raising two boys ages 9 and 7. I am Mexican and work for AMR as an EMT."
  • 20
    Olivia Patton
    "Washington state born and raised 6 generations! Our families were loggers."
  • 21
    Maryanne Bender
    "I have 4 great kids. My oldest is 18, my dear-to-my-heart ASD daughter who is 9 and amazes me everyday, my one and only son who 5 and the littlest who is 4!"
  • 22
    "Our Sikh family may not look like the typical American family when we take our annual road trip to Washington D.C. to celebrate the Fourth of July, but it's our favorite holiday and it gives us an immense sense of pride to pass the excitement of the day on to our boys!"
  • 23
    Tanya Manning
    "We were together 12 years before we were blessed with our beautiful baby boy, and we are grateful every single day to have him."
  • 24
    Emily Tooy
    "I spent four years after college teaching English in South America. I met my husband there and gave birth to our son in French Guiana. My husband is still in South America awaiting visa approval while our son and I wait for him in Florida."
  • 25
    Valerie DeLoach
    "Our new party of six is made of me and my husband, Joe, and our kids: Will, 14; Warren, 13; Hattie, 11; Crawford, 10. When we talk about 'our family' with the kids, we include everyone -- my children’s father, his wife and their daughter; my bonus kids’ mother; and all the grandparents and aunts and uncles on all sides. We like to focus on the fact that our family is still OUR FAMILY –- we just look different now."
  • 26
    Tiffany Beaverson Chouteau
    "Our family with our twin boys William and Jacob. My husband is a Navy veteran and currently works in computer networking and I am a mental health counselor, who now is a stay-at-home mom."
  • 27
    Miranda Muniz
    "My husband is Mexican and I was born in Colorado. Both hard working parents with great kids!"
  • 28
    Athina Marie Fascianella
    "I'm of Puerto Rican and Irish descent my husband Thomas is Italian. Our boys Joseph, 4, and Vincent, 4, both have Autism Spectrum Disorders."
  • 29
    Diannys Del Toro
    "I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and my husband was born, raised and his heritage from the USA. Here is our son Wesley, half North American and half Puerto Rican!"
  • 30
    Colleen McNeese
    "My husband and I have a 3-year old-and are expecting our second child in November 2014. We also live with my sister and father. I stay at home while he works... We feel like our children are going to realize Martin Luther King J.R.'s dream even more than we have."
  • 31
    Denise Pereira Santos
    "I was a single mom to a then 4-year-old little girl and worked full time when I met my husband. We now have twins and he is a wonderful step dad to our daughter. Childcare became too pricey and we had to make other arrangements. We are now both self-employed and work half time from home."
  • 32
    Bronwyn Keiller Hosey
    "I am South African born, raised in Canada. My husband is African American and we live in the states with our three beautiful children."
  • 33
    Veronica
    "There are six of us in all. There's me and my husband Martin, and our four kids: Wilson, 14; Quinton, 14; Anja, 12; and Freya, who's 9. The girls are from Martin’s first marriage, the boys are from mine."