DNA Testing in Hartford, Connecticut

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Hartford, Connecticut at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (860) 845-6108 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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Hartford, CT 06105
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Hartford, CT 06106
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161 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106

DNA Test – Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford CT DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Hartford, Connecticut 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 Hartford 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 Hartford CT

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

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 Hartford as well as communities all across the nation.

Commitment to Community

Health Street is dedicated to serving the people of Connecticut. We are committed to offering understanding and support during the emotional process of obtaining a paternity test or other DNA test in Hartford.

Facts about DNA Testing in Hartford CT

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Hartford

Hartford is the location of one of Connecticut’s six Regional Children’s Probate Courts. Connecticut Children’s Probate Courts determine cases regarding children’s guardianships, financial needs, parental rights, adoptions, and paternity, including hearing the claims of fathers who are seeking to establish paternity.

In Connecticut, courts order paternity when parents disagree about the identity of a child’s father. Parents who agree on paternity can sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity form to declare they are a child’s biological parents. Parents may also be eligible to receive reduced-fee DNA testing to determine paternity if the child is receiving services through the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

Local DNA Stories in Hartford

Ryan Simpson, a resident of Hartford suburb Enfield, learned from a DNA test and later asking his parents, that the father who raised him was not his biological father. Ryan’s parents used a sperm donation service.

Ryan told NBC CT that his first reaction was “raw emotion and confusion.” But Ryan later thought, “wait a minute. I’m still me. I’m still whoever I was.” Through DNA testing, Ryan has also located a half-sister, Loretta Evans, who originally lived in Connecticut but now lives in New Jersey.

Local DNA Statistics

According to the Hartford Courant, in 2018, there were 532 adoptions in Connecticut. About 30% of those adoptions were relative adoptions, where a biological niece, nephew, grandchild, or other biological relative is adopted by a related adult.

Connecticut adoption day was November 22, 2019. Hartford nurse and mother of three Alyssa Luna adopted her biological sister’s daughter Emma at the Juvenile Court in Hartford. Alyssa had taken care of Emma since she was 1 day old and was part of a program sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families to encourage adoptions by relatives.

“You can support that child, raise that child, carry that child,” Luna said. “And that’s what we’re doing with Emma.”

Experts Say …

According to the United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 referral service, “Any Connecticut resident can obtain reduced fee paternity testing for child support purposes by filing for child support at the Connecticut Department of Social Services.” Men who don’t believe they are the father of a child but who are named in a child support proceeding can also be eligible for reduced fee DNA testing. Connecticut also has a process for in-state sampling for out-of-state paternity testing of Connecticut children.


Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Hartford, Connecticut

161 Washington Street Hartford, CT 06106
Pre-registration required,Walk-in with barcode:

Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM About this Location: DNA tests in Hartford are available at this location, down the block from Pope Park.

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“Children’s Matters.” Connecticut Probate Courts, Office of the Probate Court Administrator, http://www.ctprobate.gov/Pages/ChildrensMatters.aspx.
“Establishing Paternity.” Connecticut State Department of Public Health, 2020, https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Vital-Records/Paternity.
“Connecticut Law About Paternity.” Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries, 2016, https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/Law/paternity.htm.
Jackson, Kassi. “On Connecticut Adoption Day, a busy Cromwell mother of three makes room for one more.” Hartford Courant, 22 November 2019, https://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-news-adoption-day-20191122-wn7tfapl6rhulcqxtdyuujehty-story.html.
“DNA Testing.” United Way of Connecticut 211, https://uwc.211ct.org/dna-testing/.