DNA Test - New Orleans, LA

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Health Street provides DNA testing in New Orleans, Louisiana at 9 conveniently located testing laboratories. Register now, or call us at (504) 500-4346 or schedule online. 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.

Shedule an appointment for a DNA test quickly and easily. The parties can come together or you can set up separate appointments. Grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing are also available. Legal DNA tests are done at our testing centers. Peace of mind DNA tests can be done at home by cheek swab, hair, or fingernails.

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DNA Test - New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans LA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our New Orleans, Louisiana 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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans LA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our New Orleans 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 New Orleans, plus many more locations throughout Louisiana and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in New Orleans. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in New Orleans , LA 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

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  We have helped thousands of people from New Orleans to communities all across the USA get DNA tests and paternity tests.

Dedication to Excellence

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

New Orleans, Louisiana - DNA Testing

Experts Say...

Candice Bennatt Law Firm in New Orleans said, "The Department of Children and Family Services recommends that you get a DNA test even before signing the acknowledgment of paternity. This will establish conclusively that the man is the biological father."

"If the child is born out of wedlock, or the mother, her husband, or the biological father object to the presumed paternity, legal paternity should be established to protect the rights of the child, father, and mother," explained New Orleans law office Scott Vicknair. The law firm also emphasized the importance of establishing paternity by saying, "Mothers often seek to establish paternity, so the child can benefit from a relationship with the child's father. The child may benefit from a paternal relationship in many ways." According to the firm, establishing paternity offers child support, health insurance, the father's custody and visitation rights, access to medical histories from both sides of the family, government benefits, and inheritance.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in New Orleans, LA

In New Orleans, LA, an unmarried couple can establish paternity voluntarily if both parents agree to sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity form. By signing the form, both parents agree that the man is the child's legal father. If there is any question about who the father is, the form should not be signed, and DNA testing should be used to prove paternity. If paternity is disputed by either party, the mother and alleged father will go to court and the judge will determine paternity. The judge may use witness testimony and DNA test results to prove paternity. Once paternity is established, the judge may issue custody, visitation, and child support orders.

If the parents were married at the time of the child's birth or divorced within 300 days, the husband is assumed to be the father, and paternity does not need to be established.

DNA Testing Reunites New Orleans Cousins

Two Northshore, New Orleans families saw their lives changed for the better, thanks to a DNA test. Two men, Alex Kelly and Joey Stutson, played football together on the Mandeville High School football team in the 1990s, but never realized that they were cousins. Stutson never knew who his father was. He contacted Kelly's father, Rick, trying to get information about his dad. A few months earlier, Stutson had taken a DNA test, which revealed the name of his first cousin, Alexander Kelly. He texted Alex, his son, who replied with a photo of his friend Joey. Rick was startled to see that it was in fact his brother's son. Unfortunately, Quinton Kelly, Joey's father, died in 2003, but the two families have reunited and are making up for lost time.

Last updated 8/5/2022

Neighborhoods in New Orleans Served by our Clinics

Algiers Point
Irish Channel
Oak Park

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