Definition: A person of any gender who plays an active maternal role in helping to raise children they have not physically birthed yet whom they thoughtfully and lovingly help to raise. They are non-biological chosen family who actively contribute to a constellation of care. This nurturing involves everything from helping with the everyday tasks of raising a child, to teaching, to unconditional love.

Origin: Natasha Cucek, Canada & Heidi Quante, Zara Zimbardo, United States, March 2017.

Kin (Germanic origin meaning one’s relatives shared by Greek genos and Latin genus ‘race’)
+  Cara (Italian) meaning dear (Latin) meaning beloved.


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