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Post  fshnski on Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:41 pm

It’s Father’s Day — but do these New York men have reason to celebrate?
The Post spent the past few weeks cruising shotgun in a mobile DNA-testing truck helping doubtful dads find proof of their progeny.
Health Street, the testing company, has two 27 foot Winnibagos — “Who’s Your Daddy?” emblazoned on either side — that rumble through the city seven days a week offering a range of services, including drug and heritage testing.
For those who expressed interest in paternity tests, The Post offered to pay the $350 collection fee as an early Father’s Day gift.

Both dad and the child in question underwent a simple cheek swab — and a few days later, their results were ready.
“It’s life-changing news that we give,” said Health Street owner Jared Rosenthal, 42, adding that revealing test results is one of the most difficult things he has to do, bringing either a twinkle — or a tear — to a suspected father’s eyes.
“We take it very seriously, because whether the person turns out to have the biological relationship they were hoping to have, or not, it’s going to affect them,” he said.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/who_your_daddy_5uopamtEHwGnykN5eX7PyL

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Post  fshnski on Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:28 pm

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 — Language is a good indicator of what a culture values. The dictionary definition of mothering is “the nurturing of an infant or small child by its mother.” Parenting means “the rearing of children.” Fathering means “a male parent.”
Mothering is highly valued and appreciated in our culture; when people are sick or sad, they want to be mothered. The value of parenting is likewise recognized, as any number of books, blogs, and classes on the topic will attest. Fathering, however, is generally used only to signify the man who supplies genetic material.

If mothers stopped mothering in mass, we would recognize it as an extraordinary problem requiring immediate rectifying. Yet one in three children live in homes without fathers. Rather than trying to aggressively change that statistic, the bulk of our energy is devoted to ameliorating, not reversing, damage.
Like the specific and irreplaceable roles mothers play in their children’s lives, fathering cannot be so easily replaced.
We know that children suffer when fathers are absent. Children in father-absent homes are at greater risk for any number of dangers and social ills. They are almost four times as likely to be poor, engage in criminal activity, be incarcerated, be obese, have lower educational achievement, more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to suffer from abuse.
The presence of fathers is critical in the lives of children.

Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/between-errands-april-thompson/2013/jun/13/fathering-should-be-valued-and-encouraged-children/#ixzz2WQOyxLSd

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Post  News Hawk on Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:40 pm

"Heritage testing" is very cool—have you seen the printouts?

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Among heritage-testing discoveries, DNA has traced today's individuals back to the earliest non-native populations in Caribbean Islands!

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