Westchester’s Modern Families

The players may have changed, but the common bond of what defines a family remains the same: love.

Photographs By Bridget Herlihy and Stefan Radtke

The classic Norman Rockwell version of the American nuclear family (i.e., heterosexual, same-race mom and dad with two kids, a white-picket fence, and a pet) has been fading for some time now. In its place is today’s more inclusive, anything-goes version of family. Some of these configurations would have been considered impossible just five or 10 years ago, but today, modern families are finding Westchester a mostly tolerant and accepting place. Here, meet five local families who have defied traditional norms and, in the process, built their own definitions of family life in the county we call home. 

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A New Normal

The King Family, Larchmont

Two Dads, Two Kids, One Surrogate

The Mahoney-Tappon Family, New Rochelle

Modern Mix

The Blumenthal Family, Croton-on-Hudson

A Dad And Her Daughter

The Sisco Family, New Rochelle

One Mom, Many kids

The Keane Family, Yonkers
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