DNA Test - College Park, MD
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in College Park, Maryland at a centrally located testing laboratory. Call (301) 842-6086 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.
Types of DNA Tests at our College Park MD 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:
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 College Park DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in College Park MD
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our College Park 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 College Park, plus many more locations throughout Maryland and across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in College Park. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that's most convenient. You'll pick the times and days that you prefer.
College Park Professor Uses Research and DNA Tests to Explain Trends in American Families
In 2018, a College Park professor published a thought-provoking research paper entitled "The Coming Divorce Decline." That sociology professor, Philip Cohen from the University of Maryland, College Park, is an expert on family dynamics and has published two books that dive deeply into the question of what is family in today's America. While Cohen spends a great deal of his time doing traditional genealogical research, DNA testing databases have come to play a significant role in his research.
Through a combination of both types of research, researchers across the country have begun piecing together a national family tree database to answer some age-old questions. Cohen says of the project: "It's very impressive as a data collection and harmonization effort, and of course they have only scratched the surface of what it might have to offer."
Family Law Attorneys Help College Park Residents Use DNA Tests in Court
Maryland residents may be interested in DNA testing to help settle custody disputes, certify child support claims and much more. Specialized law professionals can help College Park residents understand what type of DNA test they need and how to use it in court.
Local attorney Lee Meriwether thinks it's important to think about paternity issues early, noting, "What goes on when you wait? When you sit on your rights? You're getting yourself in a position where you might not really be able to legitimate your child." Matrimonial attorneys can also help guide you through the difficult process of settling child custody issues.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in College Park, MD was in April of 2016.