DNA Test – Jackson, MS
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Jackson, Mississippi at 2 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (601) 228-3993 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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Types of DNA Tests at our Jackson MS 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:
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 Jackson DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Jackson MS
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Jackson 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 Jackson, plus many more locations throughout Mississippi 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. The first DNA test we performed in Jackson, MS was in 2018.Since then, we have done 27 DNA tests at our Jackson facilities.
Commitment to Community
We have a long standing presence in Hinds County, and we are committed to working with local residents to ensure the best possible experience with our DNA testing services.
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Establishing paternity in Jackson, Mississippi
In Mississippi, if a mother and father have a child when they are not married, it is important to establish paternity. Paternity can be established during the same hospital visit as the birth of the child by signing A Simple Acknowledge of Paternity (ASAP). This method of establishing paternity has the same legal effect as if the parents were married, and should only be considered by parents who agree on paternity. This acknowledgment can be rescinded for up to one year after signing.
If the parents do not agree on the biological father, then either party can file a complaint for paternity with the court. The court will order a DNA test, and the decision can be made based on the DNA test results. If the court decides the man is the father, he will be established as a legal and biological father, and his name will be added to the child’s birth certificate. The father may then have certain rights or responsibilities, such as custody or visitation rights or responsibility for child support.
Mississippi woman found her long-lost father after 32 years
Amanda was raised by her single mother, grandmother, and godparents with no father in the picture. When she asked about her dad, her mom told her she was not married when she got pregnant, and her father was not keen on becoming a dad. At that time, Amanda’s mother was living with her sister in Wyoming, but she moved back home to Mississippi.
When she had to walk down the aisle without a father, she realized how much she wanted to find him. She started to look for her father based on all the information she had from her mother, and even got in touch with an investigative genealogist. The genealogist found several leads, but the DNA tests proved no relationships. Amanda refused to give up on tracking down her dad.
Amanda’s mom said that she was wild in her younger days, and she was with multiple men around the time she became pregnant. She said she was looking for the love she lacked in her life. She thought she could not have children, and it was a miracle that she became pregnant.
Finally, after 32 years without a father, Amanda connected with Larry Herdt—her dad! After a heartfelt conversation over the phone, they agreed to meet in Wyoming. This chapter was finally closed for Amanda. She found her father.
Last updated 8/18/2022