A trope common in fiction and fanfiction. It is the phenomenon where a group of people come to love each other like family, even through (and because) they aren't biologically related. The LGBTQ+ community in particular tends to favor this trope because it allows them to escape overbearing or harmful biological family.

Found families can be found in real-life as well, as close friend groups may feel closer to each other than to biological family.
Found Family is also known as Families of Choice.
I found a lovely found family fanfiction about my favorite characters!

The author won't acknowledge it, but these character dynamics scream found family.
by Lizbet February 6, 2021
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