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The Grief Effect

Shock and overwhelm are probably the first experiences when you receive DNA results that tell you the father or mother who raised you is not your biological parent.  The shock is so surreal that it felt like a grief reaction to me, akin to when someone close to you dies.  It is very helpful to […]

October, 2018 | 0 Comments

Who’s Your Daddy?

I recently read a story that left me cringing. Matthew Roberts was surprised to learn in 5th grade from his sister that he was adopted. Of course he was surprised but the big surprise is what he found out from that information much later. When he became engaged his fiancée asked him to do a […]

December, 2017 | 0 Comments

What Is a Non-Paternity Event?

I want to talk about something I’m seeing more of lately in my practice: “non-paternity events“.  These are events as termed by law, sociology and clinical genetics to describe cases of false paternity, where a biological father is someone other than who is presumed to be.  Talk about Oops!  As it turns out, this is […]

July, 2017 | 0 Comments

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