DNA Test – Bridgeport, CT

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Bridgeport, Connecticut at 5 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (203) 987-6356 or schedule online. We offer legal paternity tests, sibling studies, grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing to determine if people are biologically related.

Set up DNA testing appointments online. Test results can be used in court for child support or to change a birth certificate; it can also be used for simple peace of mind. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We can also extract DNA samples from hair follicles, fingernails, and other specimens.

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4750 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606
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161 Boston Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06610
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Bridgeport, CT 06606
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DNA Testing Bridgeport CT

Bridgeport CT DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Bridgeport CT clinics:

Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.

Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:

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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 alleged father and child or children. 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 ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.

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

A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. 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. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Bridgeport DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Bridgeport CT

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Bridgeport 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. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.

We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Bridgeport, plus many more locations throughout Connecticut and across the United States. During registration, we’ll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that’s most convenient. You’ll also pick the times and days that you prefer.

Why Health Street

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Bridgeport, CT was in 2018.

Commitment to Community

Serving the community and providing DNA testing in Bridgeport, Connecticut is part of who we are. Health Street is proud to help Bridgeport residents with paternity tests, sibling tests, and avuncular testing.

Facts about DNA Testing in Bridgeport CT

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Bridgeport, CT

If you live in Bridgeport and are the unmarried parent of a child, the simplest way for a father to establish paternity is to sign the Acknowledgement of Paternity form. The form is available at hospitals and birthing centers in Bridgeport and other Connecticut communities. According to Connecticut law, the name of a child’s father can’t be placed on the birth certificate unless the father completes and signs the Acknowledgement of Paternity form.

If either parent is uncertain about paternity, a genetic (DNA) test can be administered. If the child is found to be 99% certain to be related to the father, paternity is established and the father will be asked to sign the Acknowledgement of Paternity form. DNA testing is available through the Department of Social Services (DSS). The DSS Field Office in Bridgeport is located on Housatonic Ave.

Connecticut’s Judicial Branch Law Libraries also publishes a guide of all resources available about paternity actions in Connecticut. This document thoroughly covers Connecticut’s paternity issues.

Local DNA Stories

In December 2018, a Bridgeport Superior Court jury ordered the Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology to pay over $850,000 to Emily Byrne because the Center had released her medical records without permission to a former boyfriend, Andro Mendoza.

Byrne and Mendoza had a brief relationship in 2004, and Byrne eventually gave birth to a daughter and moved to Vermont, but she told the doctors at the Avery Center not to release her medical records. The Center released the records to Mendoza, who filed a child custody suit, demanded that Byrne pay him $375,000, and requested full custody of his daughter.

According to Byrne’s lawyer, Mendoza “decided to use it [the medical information] to extort her. He made demands for joint custody of the child and claimed he would go public with the information.” Although paternity tests showed that Mendoza was the daughter’s biological father, he eventually only spent a few hours with her in 2010 and 2012.

Notable historical events related to DNA testing in Bridgeport, CT

Emily Byrne’s lawsuit in Bridgeport Superior Court, first filed in 2007, made new law regarding medical records and child custody. Patients now have a right to sue medical offices for disclosing their personal medical information without permission.

Byrne’s lawyer told the Connecticut Post, “The Supreme Court ruled a patient has a remedy for breaches of medical responsibility and that never occurred before.”

Locations

Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Bridgeport, Connecticut

4750 Main Street Bridgeport, CT 06606
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM(M Lunch: 12-1 PM)Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM(T Lunch: 12-1 PM)Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM(W Lunch: 12-1 PM)Thursday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM(Th Lunch: 12-1 PM)Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM(F Lunch: 12-1 PM)Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM About this Location: For Bridgeport paternity testing, you can come to our lab, located in walking distance from Lake Forest.

Neighborhoods Served in Bridgeport

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North End
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East Side
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West End
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Reservoir – Whiskey Hill
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South End
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North Bridgeport
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Downtown
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Brooklawn
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Mill Hill

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

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Connecticut Background Check for Bridgeport, CT businesses

Citations

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“Establish Paternity For Your Child And You.” Connecticut Department of Social Services, May 2016, https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Departments-and-Agencies/DSS/Child-Support/dadbklt.pdf?la=en
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“Field Office Locations.” Connecticut Department of Social Services, https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/About-the-Department-of-Social-Services/Contact
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“Paternity Actions in Connecticut – 2018 Edition.” Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries, https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/Notebooks/Pathfinders/Paternity.pdf
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Tepfer, Daniel. “Doctor’s office ordered to pay woman $853,000 for releasing her records.” CTPost, 6 December 2018, https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Doctor-s-office-ordered-to-pay-woman-853-000-13447947.php
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“Neighborhoods.” Bridgeport, CT, https://www.bridgeportct.gov/Neighborhoods