DNA Test - Buffalo, NY

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Buffalo, New York at 16 testing laboratories. Call (716) 215-2714 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 a 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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DNA Test - Buffalo, New York

Buffalo NY DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Buffalo, New York 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.

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

Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo NY

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Buffalo 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 Buffalo, plus many more locations throughout New York and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Buffalo. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Buffalo , NY 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  We have helped thousands of people from Buffalo to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Buffalo that they need. 

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Establishing paternity in Buffalo, NY

In Buffalo, paternity can be established in two ways for a child who is born to unmarried parents. Parents can sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity at the hospital when the child is born, or either of the parents can file a paternity petition in Family Court.

If parents choose the court to establish paternity, there is usually a court order for a DNA test. After the DNA test is taken and the DNA test results come back, the court will issue an Order of Filiation that names the man a legal father.

After this, the father usually has rights that come with legal paternity. Some of these include the right to seek custody or visitation of the child and paying child support. The mother must also consult the father if she wishes to put the child up for adoption.

The child may also be entitled to some rights after establishing paternity. Some of these can include:

The right to child support
Health insurance as a dependent of the father
Benefits from the father's Social Security
Inheritance from the death of the father

Woman reunites with her family thanks to DNA test

Diane was born in Buffalo, New York, at an orphanage and home for unwed mothers. Soon after, she was adopted. For 72 years, she knew nothing about her biological family, but she was never interested in learning more about them.

Diane's curiosity about her biological family was limited by the fear of what she might find. She heard many stories of people who were rejected or who found out that their mothers were using drugs. These were possibilities that she wasn't quite ready to unpack. However, it all changed when her son and daughter-in-law gifted her with a DNA test kit.

The DNA test was a little joke because they always teased each other about their ancestors and ethnicity, but Diane had no idea she would discover her family this way! Her biological sister told her that the parents were high school sweethearts and loved each other deeply. Diane's mum had her when she was only 15, and she wanted to raise her but was not allowed by her father, so she had to put her up for adoption. Years later, she married her high school love and had three more kids.

Diane's siblings had no idea about her until their parents and grandparents died. For 24 years after that, they had been trying to find her. They were finally able to track each other down through the DNA test results, and when they met, they realized how much they had in common! Although Diane had no idea about her long-lost siblings, they were all happy to gather and celebrate this reunion.

Last updated 7/18/2022

Some Buffalo Neighborhoods That We Serve

Fruit Belt
Starin Central
Grant Ferry
Cold Springs
Willert Park
Abbott Mckinley
Central Park
Genesee Moselle
North Park
First Ward
University Heights

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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