How does FHA define “Family Member”?

Family Member is defined as follows, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or legal marital status:

  •       child, parent, or grandparent

- a child is defined as a son, stepson, daughter, or stepdaughter

- a parent or grandparent includes a step-parent/grandparent or foster parent/grandparent

  •       spouse or domestic partner
  •       legally adopted son or daughter, including a child who is placed with the borrower by an authorized agency for legal adoption
  •        foster child
  •        brother, stepbrother
  •        sister, stepsister
  •        uncle
  •       aunt, or
  •        a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law of the borrower.

    For additional information see Handbook 4000.1 Glossary available at