Marla Bautista Title: Freelance Writer Education: University of Maryland University College Location: Tampa, FL Expertise: Military Culture, Parenting, Social Impact Marla Bautista is the author of My Thoughts Abandoned and co-author of Brave Women, Strong Faith. She is also a TEDx speaker. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Maryland University College. Marla also works on the Military Spouse Advisory Council for Caliber Home Loans; she educates, collaborates, and leads initiatives to prevent and eliminate Veteran homelessness. Her passion is helping people in need. She does so as the Co-founder and CEO of the Bautista Project Inc, a nonprofit organization providing for homeless community members in Tampa, FL. To me, family isn't a term specific to blood relation. Family are the people around you who exists in your safe space, the ones you love. About Parents Parents, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for trustworthy, empathetic, and supportive information and inspiration for your families. We reach 9 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists, fact checked, and reviewed by our Expert Review Board for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.