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All the Feelings In my last blog, I opened the window to give you a peek into my NPE (Not Parent Expected) journey and DNA discovery. This is all new to me and I am experiencing all the emotions right alongside the rest of you that are getting “surprise” results. I like to think I’m
The rise of at-home DNA tests As at-home DNA tests are becoming more and more popular, some people are facing the unexpected situation of grappling with surprises about their parents. DNA-matching can bring to light previously unknown or unacknowledged brothers and sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts, or even reveal that the man you call dad

Abusive dating can start early

The statistics are gut-wrenching: 1 in 4 Orange County teens is in an abusive dating relationship, according to Laura’s House in Orange County, which provides shelter, counseling and legal services to victims of domestic violence. But what’s more startling is that most of these teens don’t know they are victims of abuse. Dating violence begins
Mental health professionals can be thought of as the second responders after a crisis in the community: They help people deal with emotional and behavioral trauma that follows both natural and man-made disasters. In the aftermath of the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas, a number of local counselors have stepped up to
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