DNA Test - Effingham, IL

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Effingham, Illinois at 2 testing laboratories. Call (217) 462-9376 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 - Effingham, Illinois

Effingham IL DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Effingham, 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 Effingham 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 Effingham IL

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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  We have helped thousands of people from Effingham 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 Effingham that they need. 

Effingham, IL - DNA Testing

Importance of Establishing Paternity in Effingham, IL

Under Illinois law, paternity is viewed as the legal relationship between a child and their father. When two Effingham parents are not married at the time of their child's birth, both parents will need to follow the proper steps to establish paternity in the state of Illinois in order for the father to obtain legal rights over his child.

Beyond providing a father with parental rights, establishing paternity also supports the child's general well-being. Once paternity is established, a parent can request monthly child support services from the non-custodial parent. Furthermore, establishing paternity will provide a child with two legal guardians, enabling them to collect benefits such as inheritance and health care coverage from either or both parents.

Methods of Establishing Paternity in Effingham, IL

There are two methods Effingham parents can take to properly establish paternity in Illinois. To avoid legal troubles later, it's highly recommended that both parents first seek DNA testing if there is not 100% confidence in the given paternity claim. If both parents agree upon the paternity of a child, they can complete a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity and have it filed with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

If a parent refuses to establish paternity or denies the other parent's paternity claim, the individual seeking the paternity establishment must seek court assistance to do so. Filing a petition to establish paternity in Effingham County Court will allow a judge to request that the opposing parent undergo DNA paternity testing to confirm the child's biological father. When the father is identified, paternity can then be established.

Paternity Programs in Effingham, IL

The state of Illinois runs a Putative Father Registry program to protect the parental rights of men who believe they are the biological father of a child. Effingham men who are not married to a child's mother or have yet to establish paternity should register with this program as soon as possible to protect their rights. In the event of a legal adoption hearing, men who are registered with the program will be notified of the legal action and may have the ability to establish paternity and seek custody if the courts allow.

Last updated 8/4/2023

Neighborhoods in Effingham Served by our Clinics

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Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Paternity Information You Should Know." Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Servies, https://hfs.illinois.gov/childsupport/formsbrochures/hfs3282.html
"Illinois Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity." Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, https://hfs.illinois.gov/content/dam/soi/en/web/hfs/sitecollectiondocuments/hfs3416b.pdf
"Circuit Clerk." Effingham County, Illinois, http://www.co.effingham.il.us/circuit-clerk
"Welcome to the Putative Father Registry." Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, https://www.putativefather.org/index.aspx
"All Neighborhoods in Effingham, IL." Realtor.com, https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-search/Effingham_IL/overview
"8 Apartments For Rent in Effingham, IL." ApartmentRatings, https://www.apartmentratings.com/il/effingham/