DNA Test - North Charleston, SC
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in North Charleston, South Carolina at 2 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (843) 285-6782 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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Types of DNA Tests at our North Charleston SC 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 North Charleston DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in North Charleston SC
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our North Charleston 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 North Charleston, plus many more locations throughout South Carolina 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.
The Military's Connection to North Charleston
The military has always had a strong connection to North Charleston, and when they make major policy changes, many local families are affected. In 2016, the military announced a $385 million package that would increase fully paid maternity and paternity leave for new military parents. Then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter instituted these policies to modernize the military and take some pressure off military women in particular, who were forced to meticulously plan for pregnancy and birth around deployments.
DNA Tests Help Military and Civilian Families in North Charleston Establish Families
Many military families in North Charleston must contend with the fact that not only do they have to follow state family law — they're also bound by the strictures of the military. This gets even more complicated when the parents of a newly born child are unmarried. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, "the Pentagon estimates that 30,000 soldiers become unwed fathers each year."
To ensure that military fathers can establish themselves as their child's legal parent, they must go through the state agency, just like civilians. In South Carolina, establishing parentage can be done through marriage, or voluntarily at the hospital, the Department of Health and Environmental Control Vital Records office, or a county health department. If parents are not sure of their child's biological paternity, DNA testing is provided through the Department of Social Services to establish paternity.
North Charleston- a High-Achieving, Fast Growing City
Although it's often considered part of Charleston by outsiders, locals will tell you that the city of North Charleston, South Carolina, has an atmosphere and identity all its own. More than 115,000 people live here, and many more come in to work for employers like Boeing, Cummins, Daimler AG, and Kapstone. Since the city developed Palmetto Commerce Parkway, these businesses and many others have expanded their operations, employing many locals in high-paying skilled jobs.
The city plays as hard as it works, and seats at South Carolina Stingrays games at the North Charleston Coliseum are often packed full. The team is the first professional ice hockey team in South Carolina and is affiliated with the NHL's Boston Bruins. Their players are often traded, with the Stingrays taking NHL players in need of further development.
Arts and culture in the city are celebrated as well, with many local museums chronicling the area's rich history.
DNA Testing Experience
Health Street has been performing genetic tests nationally since 2010; our first DNA test in North Charleston, SC was in December of 2014.