DNA Test - Lake Charles, LA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Lake Charles, Louisiana at 2 testing laboratories. Call (337) 226-0544 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 - Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles LA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Lake Charles, Louisiana 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 Lake Charles DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Lake Charles LA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles, plus many more locations throughout Louisiana 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Lake Charles, LA performed by Health Street was in 2018.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Lake Charles that they need. 

DNA Testing in Lake Charles LA

Paternity testing Lake Charles LA

Parents from Lake Charles, Louisiana, have two ways they can establish paternity if they are not married. They can sign the Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit (AOP) or go to court. If parents are sure about the biological father, they can sign the AOP at the hospital once the baby is born, or later at the local child support office or the vital records office.

Sometimes, unwed parents may doubt or disagree on who the baby's birth father is. In these cases, many parents choose to establish paternity via court. The judge may require the alleged father and child to undergo paternity testing, which is a reliable method of determining paternity. The results of genetic testing can establish paternity, which can then help determine child support, custody, and visitation hours.

If you are unsure about paternity, contact Health Street today to schedule a DNA test and to establish the truth. Our services can help ensure that the child receives the proper financial and emotional support.

Lake Charles, Louisiana: Benefits of establishing paternity

Establishing paternity benefits children in many ways. For example, knowing both parents allows them to build a bond with both of them and understand their entire identity. Additionally, they can gain the right to:

Inherit from the father
Access the medical history from both sides of the family
Social Security
Health and life insurance
Veterans and disability benefits

Establishing paternity is especially important for the father; otherwise, he does not have any rights or responsibilities toward the child. For example, without establishing paternity, the father is not legally entitled to custody or visitation and does not have to support the child financially. When paternity is established, the mother would have to notify the father before considering adoption. Until paternity is established, the mother also cannot legally request child support if the father stops supporting the child.

Last updated 3/2/2023

Neighborhoods In and Around Lake Charles That We Serve

Weaver Road Park
Graywood Park
Nelson Road Park
Prien South
Country Club Road
Moss Bluff
Big Lake Road
Tank Farm Road

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


Louisiana paternity. Louisiana Paternity. (n.d.). Retrieved March 2, 2023, from https://www.la-paternity.com/
Benefits of establishing paternity. Louisiana Paternity. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2023, from https://www.la-paternity.com/benefits-of-establishing-paternity