DNA Test - Cranston, RI

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Health Street provides DNA testing in Cranston, Rhode Island at our centrally located testing center. Register now, or call us at (401) 200-4949 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 - Cranston, Rhode Island

Cranston RI DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Cranston, Rhode Island 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:

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 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 Cranston DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Cranston RI

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Cranston 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 Cranston, plus many more locations throughout Rhode Island 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. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Cranston as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Cranston, Rhode Island - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Cranston, RI

Cranston parents who are married when their child is born do not need to take additional steps to establish paternity. Rhode Island law automatically considers the husband to be the child's legal father.

Parents from Rhode Island have two ways of establishing paternity if they are unwed. They can sign the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage (VAP) or go to court. If parents agree on paternity, they can sign the VAP at the hospital immediately after the child's birth. Hospital staff in Rhode Island can help with the process of filing the VAP. Once the document is signed and filed, both parents' names can be on the child's birth certificate.

Another option for establishing paternity is a court order. If either parent is unsure about paternity, the judge will likely ask the alleged father and the child to take a DNA test. Paternity testing is a quick and painless method of determining if the alleged father is the biological father of a child. Once paternity is established, the judge can decide custody, child support, and visitation hours if necessary.

Cranston, Rhode Island: Challenging paternity

If the alleged father does not believe he is the child's biological father, he may have multiple options to challenge paternity. The easiest way to show whether there is a child-father relationship is often by taking a DNA test. Another option may be proving there was fraud during the testing process and that the results were incorrect. For example, the alleged father could not be the biological father if he was infertile. Proving there was infidelity could help an alleged father challenge paternity.

Whether or not the father is determined to be the child's biological father, paternity cases can be quite complex. Many people find a family lawyer to help lead them through the process of challenging paternity.

Last updated 2/6/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Cranston That We Serve

Pawtuxet Village
South Edgewood
Washington Park
Silver Lake
Comstock Gardens
Western Cranston
Stone Hill

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