DNA Test - Forest Hills, NY

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Forest Hills, New York at 2 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (718) 619-4641 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 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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Forest Hills NY DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Forest Hills NY 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 Forest Hills DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Forest Hills NY

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Forest Hills 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 Forest Hills, plus many more locations throughout New York and across the United States. 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.

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 Forest Hills to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.

Commitment to Community

We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service for a paternity test in Forest Hills, New York. Health Street is very proud of our commitment to the DNA testing needs of the community. 

Forest Hills, New York - DNA Testing

Establishing Paternity in Forest Hills

According to attorneys at the Forest Hills-based law offices of Joseph H. Nivin, when a married woman gives birth to a child, the law presumes that her husband is the child's legal father. However, if a child's parents are not married, the child is presumed not to have a legal father until steps are taken to establish legal paternity. This can be done voluntarily or involuntarily.

When both parents agree that the man is the child's biological father, they can sign and file an Acknowledgment of Parentage Form. Otherwise, if the child's paternity is in question or both parents do not agree to sign the form, a court order may be needed.

In this case, the courts typically order a DNA paternity test to confirm the man is the child's biological father. If there is sufficient proof, the courts can issue an Order of Filiation, which declares the man is the child's legal father and can also establish legal rights such as visitation, custody, and child support.

Benefits of Establishing Legal Paternity

Establishing a child's legal paternity can create significant benefits for all parties. Experts at F.K. Law Group, P.C., a family law practice based in Forest Hills, state that once a father has legal paternity, he can seek custody and visitation, have a say in adoption proceedings, and is able to provide the child with financial support and healthcare coverage.

The child can have better access to his or her family medical history, receive financial and healthcare support from both parents and is able to be named next of kin for Social Security and other benefits. The child's mother benefits from being able to seek child support and share legal responsibility for the child.

Can You Revoke an Acknowledgment of Paternity?

Once legal paternity has been established in New York State, it is difficult to revoke. The Forest Hills-based Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates state that to vacate an Acknowledgment of Paternity, the petitioner must allege that it was signed based on misrepresentation, fraud, or other misconduct. For this reason, if either party has any doubts about a child's biological paternity, it's critical to take a DNA test prior to signing any legal documents.

Last updated 3/31/2023

Neighborhoods Served in Forest Hills

71st Ave
Clyde St
Exeter St
Harrow St
Juno St
Loubet St
Metropolitan Ave
Olcott St
Sybilla St
Yellowstone Blvd

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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