Ask Amy: Learning the truth about our DNA

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Dear Amy: You recently ran a question from “Jake from PA,” who was hurt because his adopted daughter wanted to reach out to her biological family members.

I would share that knowing the truth about a person’s DNA is vital.

When my adult son’s friend “Jack” introduced me to his mother “Janet,” she freaked out. Memory jogged and, to shorten a very long story, I am Jack’s father.

Janet denies it, but I can actually name the date she and I were together – nine months (to the day) prior to his birthday.

It has not gone well, but at least the truth is out there. And truthfully, we have a lot of family health issues Jack should address, or make sure his own daughter is checked for.

I know this creates challenges for people, but the truth is the truth.

– Been There

Dear Been There: You make very good points, but without DNA testing, it isn’t actually a certainty that you are “Jack’s” biological father.

As I have often stated, I believe that knowing the truth about one’s DNA is a basic human right.

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