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Who qualifies as a “member of the family”?

A “member of the family” is someone related to the beneficiary as follows: 

  • a son or daughter or a descendant of either
  • a stepson or stepdaughter or a descendant of either
  • a brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister
  • the father or mother or an ancestor of either
  • a stepfather or stepmother
  • a son or daughter of a brother or sister
  • a brother or sister of the father or mother
  • a son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law
  • the spouse of the beneficiary or of any of the other foregoing individuals
  • a first cousin of the beneficiary. 

For this purpose, a child includes a legally adopted child or a foster child and a brother or sister includes a half-brother or half-sister.