Social Support in Stepfamily Worlds
Chapter Six. The Weliver Family
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The Weliver Family
The Weliver family respects the autonomy of its members and expects from everyone responsibility, self-management, and honesty. Stepfather Karl Weliver works as a maintenance supervisor and program coordinator for a popular production venue. His job requires his presence on site many evenings of the month, but as a supervisor he has some flexibility to join his family for dinner. Karl is married to Kara Weliver, his third wife. They have been together for three years. She works eight to five as administrative assistant for a nonprofit center. Ten-year-old Evan Brown is Kara’s only biological son. He enjoys playing with a variety of toys, working on projects, and playing video games. Evan buses to and from a nearby elementary school. Fred Weliver, 17, also lives with the family. A junior in high school, Fred is Karl’s biological son by his first marriage and, like his father, is interested in auto mechanics. Kim Weliver, Karl’s biological daughter by his first marriage, lives and attends college in a city about an hour’s drive from the family household. Karl also has an 11-year-old son by his second marriage who he sees very infrequently, only about two or three times per year.
The relational culture of support in the Weliver family is one where Karl has fun with Evan and involves him in as many projects as possible. Karl also teaches Evan, through participation, how to tinker.
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