DNA Test - Decatur, IL

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Decatur, Illinois at 3 testing laboratories. Call (217) 462-9375 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 - Decatur, Illinois

Decatur IL DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Decatur, Illinois 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:

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 Decatur 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 Decatur IL

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

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Decatur, the state of Decatur, Illinois, and throughout the nation.  The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Decatur, IL was in 2015.

Commitment to Excellence

Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Decatur. 

Decatur, Illinois - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Decatur, IL

Establishing paternity is an important step for parents who are not married when their baby is born. In Decatur, Illinois, there are two options for establishing paternity. If both parents are sure about the birth father and there are no doubts about paternity, they can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAP). This can be done at the hospital with the help of staff. The VAP is then filed with the Department of Healthcare.

Another way to establish paternity is through court. This option is often taken by parents who disagree about paternity are who do not cooperate. In court, the alleged father and child may be asked to take a DNA test. A DNA test is a simple and reliable way of proving paternity, often done as a cheek swab, and the results can show whether there is a father-child relationship. After paternity has been established, it is possible to determine custody, visitation hours, and child support if necessary.

Health Street offers DNA and paternity testing services to individuals who want to establish paternity or confirm a biological relationship. Our tests are reliable with a fast turnaround time. Health Street gives you peace of mind and the answers you need to move forward.

Decatur, Illinois: Benefits of establishing paternity

Unmarried parents who choose to establish paternity can often equally participate in important decisions regarding the child's life like education, religious upbringing, and health. Establishing paternity can even provide the child with access to the medical history of both parents, health and life insurance, Social Security benefits, inheritance rights, and potential veterans benefits if applicable. For those seeking reliable and accurate DNA testing services, Health Street offers a variety of options to ensure a smooth process.

Last updated 2/22/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Decatur That We Serve

Long Creek
Scovill Gardens
Baker Woods
Northland Heights
Windsor Village
Near Westside
Mount Zion

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Establish paternity. Establish Paternity | HFS. (n.d.). Retrieved February 22, 2023, from https://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/ChildSupport/parents/Pages/Paternity.aspx