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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

Serving our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

Human Trafficking Exploits Children and Youth

Ask the Experts by Angela Aufdemberge

Q: I've been hearing the term human trafficking a lot lately. I don't really understand it and wonder what is has to do with the internet and children. What should we be looking for?

A: Many of us understand human trafficking as the illegal movement of individuals across borders or the exploitation of vulnerable women.

However, human trafficking is much more and more prevalent than you might think. Human trafficking involves forcing or coercing another ...

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Living a Healthier, Happier, More Empowered Life

Ask the Experts by Stephanie Popso

Q: At the beginning of the new year I find myself very excited to take on my resolutions and goals. As January passes, I allow myself a pass and go back to my comforts, feeling defeated. Any tips for lasting success and motivation?

A: You are not alone feeling this way. Many, if not all, of us have struggles with keeping up healthy habits & making the healthiest choices.

First look at your goals. Are they 3 month, 1 year, 5 year goals? Second, break each ...

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Professionals Connecting with Professionals

Ask the Experts by The Family Center

Q. I am a physician and recently relocated my practice to the east side. I often get requests from patients for various referrals, therapists, dentists, counselors, etc. Without enough time to do the research, but really wanting to help, and needing to be confident in whom I send them to, where can I turn?

A. Patients who trust their doctors often turn to them for advice on many aspects of their lives. And for the doctors, you want to feel comfortable with ...

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Necessary Conversations

Ask The Experts by Susan Fell and Lisa Khoury

Q: When should I start talking with my children about sexuality and how do I start this kind of sensitive conversation?

A: The "big talk" is a thing of the past. Experts today suggest that talking with your child about sexuality should be a life-long conversation.

Discussions should start from the moment children are born. Use the correct names for body parts with toddlers. Help teens understand their changing body, peer relationships, sexuality ...

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Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Dangers: Discussions with Youth

Ask the Experts by Ghada Abdallah

Q. When is the right time to speak to your children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes?

A. It is always the right time, but if your children are young and you haven't done it yet, talk to them before they enter school.

Children will be exposed to all kinds of things from their friends, pop culture, TV, or the news. It's better for your child to learn about these things from their parents before being confronted with making a decision. Be honest ...

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