DNA Test – Battle Creek, MI

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Health Street provides DNA testing in Battle Creek, Michigan at our centrally located testing center. Register now, or call us at (269) 215-4996 or schedule online. with any questions. Our paternity testing (including grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing) determines if two or more people are related.

Shedule an appointment for a DNA test quickly and easily. The parties can come together or you can set up separate appointments. Grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing are also available. Legal DNA tests are done at our testing centers. Peace of mind DNA tests can be done at home by cheek swab, hair, or fingernails.

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DNA Test – Battle Creek, Michigan

Battle Creek MI DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Battle Creek, Michigan locations:

The most commonly ordered DNA test is a Paternity Test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Paternity Testing can be performed at our testing centers. DNA Testing can be done for other close family relationships, such as:

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Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
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Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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Avuncular DNA Test (aunt/uncle and niece/nephew)

Specimens we can test for DNA

The easiest and most reliable way to obtain a DNA sample for paternity testing is to swab the inner cheeks of the people being tested. These skin cells are known as buccal cells, and they rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place for analysis by our laboratory. Other specimen samples, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone’s DNA, can also be tested. An Alternative Specimen DNA Test is done by registering online and shipping the specimens to us.

Legally Admissible DNA Tests vs. “Peace of Mind” At-Home Tests

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible DNA testing service. Accurate results for DNA paternity testing with 99.99% confidence or greater take about a week.

When deciding which type of DNA test is right for you, consider first what you might do with the results. In order for the results of a DNA test to hold up in court, for child support, or to change the name on a birth certificate, the test must be done at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Battle Creek DNA testing technicians are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Battle Creek MI

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Battle Creek clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week. It’s always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. Register online, or please call our customer service team, which can help you book your appointment over the phone.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Battle Creek, plus many more locations throughout Michigan and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Battle Creek. We’ll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Battle Creek , MI so you can choose the testing center that is most convenient. When you register, you can also pick the appointment time and date that you prefer.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Battle Creek as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Battle Creek. 

Battle Creek, MI – DNA Testing

DNA Test Reunites Battle Creek Woman With Family After 40 Years

After getting pregnant in 1978 at the age of 20, Kathryn Outman had little choice but to give her child up for adoption. Nearly 40 years later, she sat in a Battle Creek classroom where her daughter worked and played a voicemail from the son she had only recently met. The reunion occurred thanks to the TLC show “Long Lost Family” and a series of DNA tests.

Kathryn’s son, now a 40-year-old man named Jason Trippett, had a longing to find his birth parents and was encouraged by his wife to begin his search. Around the same time, Kathryn was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Believing she was going to die, she told her children about the child she had given up in the 70s. Her daughter initiated a search, and while she initially came up empty-handed, the family was finally reunited. When asked about the time they’ve been able to spend together, Kathryn says “It’s like a gift.”

Paternity and Father’s Right

When unmarried parents have a child in Michigan, the man does not have any rights until steps have been taken to establish legal paternity. An easy way to do this is for both parents to sign an “Acknowledgement of Parentage” form.

Once it’s processed, this legally binding form declares that the man is the child’s legal father. This gives him all the rights and responsibilities of a father. However, this form can only be completed and filed if both parents agree about the identity of the child’s father.

When an agreement is not possible, a man can file a “Notice of Intent to Claim Paternity” before the child is born. This can be especially important if he believes the child’s mother may attempt to put the child up for adoption. After the child is born, he can file a Paternity Action with the courts. A DNA test may be required to prove biological paternity before the courts rule on the matter. As of October 2022, a change in Calhoun County procedures now requires Battle Creek paternity cases to be processed by the Friend of the Court rather than the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Benefits of Establishing a Child’s Paternity

Establishing paternity in the state of Michigan creates some important benefits. This includes ensuring the child gets financial support from both parents, allowing the child to access their full family medical history, and providing access to health and life insurance, inheritance rights, Social Security and Veterans’ benefits, and more.

According to experts at Bailey & Terranova Attorneys at Law, which serves Battle Creek and the surrounding area, it’s also necessary to establish legal paternity prior to addressing important issues including child custody, child support, and parenting time.

Last updated 5/15/2023

Some Battle Creek Neighborhoods That We Serve

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Abbott Acres
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Brentwood Hills
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Cherry Woods
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Elm Place
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Highfield
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Jacaranda Estates
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Post South
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River Bend Park
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Smith Meadow
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Whitegates

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Citations

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Buckley, Nick. “Michigan native reunites with birth family on TLC show, 40 years after being adopted.” Battle Creek Enquirer, 19 November 2018, https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/life/2018/11/16/long-lost-family-tlc-adopted/1948678002/
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“Michigan Unmarried Fathers Have Rights Too.” Bailey & Terranova Attorneys At Law, https://www.baileysmithbailey.com/articles/unmarried-fathers-have-rights-too.html
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“Affidavit of Parentage.” Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.michigan.gov/-/media/Project/Websites/mdhhs/Folder1/Folder6/Parentage.pdf?rev=2c18056d5a5f4a96ae12ec7948e6a450
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Measel, Jim. “Child support establishment function changes Calhoun County offices.” Calhoun County Michigan, 30 August 2022, https://wincountry.com/2022/08/30/child-support-establishment-function-changes-calhoun-county-offices/
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“Friend of the Court.” Calhoun County Michigan, https://www.calhouncountymi.gov/departments/courts/friend_of_the_court/index.php
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“Establish Paternity.” Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/adult-child-serv/child-sup/how-do-i/establish-paternity
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“Battle Creek, MI Neighborhoods, Subdivisions, and Developments, Re/Max of Michigan, https://www.remax-michigan.com/swmi/realestatehomesforsale/subdivisions-battle-creek-mi