DNA Testing in Little Rock, Arkansas
Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Little Rock, Arkansas at 7 conveniently located testing laboratories. Register now, or call us at (501) 254-7593 with any questions. Our paternity testing (including grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing) determines if two or more people are related.
Schedule your DNA test appointment online. Our legal DNA test results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We also offer home DNA test kits for peace of mind. DNA can be tested from hair, fingernails, and other specimens.
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DNA Testing Little Rock AR
Paternity Testing in Little Rock AR
There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Little Rock testing centers to validate close family relationships. The most commonly ordered DNA test is a legal paternity test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Health Street’s 21 marker DNA paternity testing is the state of the art. Our paternity test results are statistically conclusive at the rate of 99.9% or greater.
Other DNA Tests
Relationship Tests to validate grandparent to grandchild, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, and uncles:
DNA tests such as sibling or avuncular studies, can sometimes come back with a result of less than 95% certainty. This is normal, especially if only two parties participate in the test. Adding an additional close relative to the test helps us learn more about the family’s DNA composition and typically leads to a more conclusive result.
Specimens we can test for DNA
The easiest and most reliable way to perform a genetic sample collection for a paternity test is by a swab of the inner cheeks. These skin cells, known as buccal cells, rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place, to be extracted by our testing laboratories for analysis.
Other specimens, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone’s DNA, can also undergo lab testing to see if there is a match. These non-standard DNA tests are done by registering online for an Alternative Specimen DNA Test (Nails, Teeth, Fabric). Once registered, you ship the DNA sample to our lab. We’ll attempt to extract the DNA and compare it to a cheek swab of the other party.
Legal DNA Tests vs. “Peace of Mind” At-Home Tests
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 to hold up in court, the DNA specimen must be collected at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. The DNA testing technicians at our Little Rock test centers are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.
The results of our legal DNA tests can be used for any legal purpose:
Home tests offer more flexibility:
Home DNA tests are specimens containing DNA (or possible DNA) that are shipped to us for analysis. The results of these home tests cannot be used in court (since there is no way to prove whose specimens were actually sent). However, the tests are just as accurate and can provide peace of mind. At-home DNA tests also offer a lot more flexibility.
In addition to commonly mailed in DNA specimens like hair follicles, we can also extract DNA from other bodily fluids. We can even try and lift the DNA left on items like clothing, a toothbrush, or a straw. If we can get the DNA from the alternative item, we can then compare it to another person to see if they are related. Some examples include:
How to schedule a DNA Test in Little Rock AR
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Little Rock clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week, though it’s always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. We have clinics in Little Rock, plus many more throughout Arkansas 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.
You can set up separate appointments for each of the people being tested, either at the same location or at different locations. You’ll get an email and text message with your appointment information. There is no fee if you need to change the time or location of a DNA test appointment at any time.
How long it takes to get results of a DNA test
Paternity tests conducted at one of our Little Rock facilities typically take about a week to come back. Other relationship tests, such as sibling studies, can take a few days longer to come back. When the results are ready, you are notified immediately via email. Then, the hard copies of the paperwork are sent afterward via regular mail.
The DNA test appointment – what to expect and what to bring
The appointment itself only takes about 15 minutes. The specimen collection process is a simple and painless cheek swab. No needles are used. When you’re being tested at our Little Rock clinic, you’ll be asked to provide fingerprints and to show photo identification. We’ll also take pictures of the people being tested so that the final report will include legal assurances of who was actually tested.
For infants, hospital discharge papers qualify as identification. Otherwise, a birth certificate or social security card can be used as ID for a child. No other preparations are required for this appointment.
Does the mother need to be present at a paternity test?
If a man is considered the legal father of a child, then the mother does not have to be present or give consent for paternity testing. However, if he is not currently considered the legal father, then he cannot sign for the child. Therefore, the mother does need to be there. If neither parent is available, other legal guardians can bring the child so long as they have the right to make medical decisions on the child’s behalf.
DNA testing if one party is not in Little Rock
The two parties testing (for example: father and child) do not have to be tested at the same time or even at the same location. We have many clinics across Arkansas as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Little Rock and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.
Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Little Rock or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.
Why Health Street
Over a Decade of Experience
Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010. The first DNA test in Little Rock, AR performed by Health Street was in 2018. In fact, we have successfully completed 27 DNA tests at Little Rock testing centers since then.
Commitment to Community
We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service for a paternity test in Little Rock, Arkansas. Health Street is very proud of our commitment to the DNA testing needs of the community.
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Establishing Paternity in Little Rock, AR
According to Arkansas law, when two unmarried parents have a child, the state will only recognize the mother as a legal guardian until both Little Rock parents make an effort to establish paternity. Legally establishing paternity in the state of Arkansas declares the child’s biological father as their legal guardian and provides him with paternal rights over the child.
Little Rock parents have the ability to establish legal paternity in the state of Arkansas by completing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAOP) at the hospital following a child’s birth, or through the Arkansas Division of vital records. It’s important to note that this method of paternity establishment must only be used if there is zero uncertainty in a child’s paternity or if DNA paternity testing has been completed to confirm the biological father.
Disestablishment of Legal Paternity in Little Rock, AR
As mentioned, A VAOP must only be used if there is full confidence in a child’s paternity. In certain unfortunate instances, two parents may be quick to establish paternity via this method just to later discover that the presumed legal father is not the biological father. Because of this legal declaration, a Little Rock man may continue to have a child support obligation knowing that the child is not his.
In the state of Arkansas, a parent who has already signed a VDOP has up to 60 days following the filing date to rescind this legal filing. After the 60-day mark, the declaration becomes set in stone and will require legal assistance to disestablish paternity. In many cases, the legal disestablishment process will require proof of material mistake, duress, or fraud to be heard in court.
Notable Events Relating to DNA Testing in Little Rock, AR
In 2019, President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was legally declared the father of a local Arkansas child through DNA testing methods. Lunden Alexis Roberts, an Arkansas native, filed a paternity claim in court in 2019 claiming Hunter Biden was the biological father of her then 14-month-old child. While Hunter initially denied the claim, DNA testing was later requested by the court and confirmed Roberts’ paternity claim. Roberts’ request to establish legal paternity was then approved in addition to child support and health insurance cost coverage requests.
Last updated 8/30/2022
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