DNA Test - Peoria, IL

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Peoria, Illinois at 2 testing laboratories. Call (309) 518-9794 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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DNA Test - Peoria, Illinois

Peoria IL DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Peoria, Illinois 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 Peoria 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 Peoria IL

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

A Decade Plus of Experience

Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Peoria, IL was in 2018.

Dedicated to Excellence

We are proud to help families and individuals get DNA testing in Peoria. 

Peoria, Illinois - DNA Testing

DNA Tests Show Possible Link Between Black Peorians and the Founding Father

Peoria resident Linda Hollis learned of her family's possible connection to founding father George Washington when she was a young child. At the time, her mother told her it was something to be proud of, but a secret she should not share. However, in 1997, the family began to tell their story. Hollis' great-grandfather's name was George Ford. His grandfather was West Ford, who according to family legend, was George Washington's son. Ford's mother was a woman named Venus — a slave who belonged to Washington's brother. Recent DNA tests have confirmed that the family does have a biological relationship with Washington, but they do not prove that West Ford is George Washington's son. Historians maintain that he is likely the offspring of one of George Washington's brothers or nephews.

Establishing Paternity and Child Support in Peoria

In the state of Illinois, when a child is born to parents who are married or in a civil union at the time a child is born or within 300 days prior, the child's paternity is automatically assumed. Otherwise, the person the mother names as the child's biological father is termed the "alleged father" and does not have any legal rights or obligations until one of the following steps is completed:

A Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form is signed by both parents, witnessed, and filed
A state child support agency establishes an Administrative Paternity Order
A judge issues a legal Order of Paternity

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services' Child Support Services Program provides assistance with establishing paternity and handling child support matters. The Peoria regional office is located at 401 Main Street, Suite 680 Peoria, IL 61602.

Paternity Disputes and Fathers' Rights

Fathering a child is a life-changing experience. However, according to Peoria paternity lawyers at the Lonergan Law Group, a man has no legal rights regarding a child until legal paternity has been established. This means he will not be able to request legally mandated visitation or have any input into how the child is raised. He also won't have any legal obligation to pay child support or help cover the child's medical expenses.

If a child's parents don't agree about the child's paternity, a petition will need to be filed with the courts and the courts will order a DNA test. If the test shows that the man is the child's biological father, the judge will issue an Order of Paternity. Then, the courts can also rule on important matters such as visitation, custody, and child support. The courts may also order the man to pay child support in arrears and pay a portion of the child's previous medical expenses.

Last updated 10/24/2022

Neighborhoods Served in Peoria

Hollow Creek
Pine Tree
Pleasant Valley Middle
Prairie Lakes
Rolling Acres
Royal Highlander
West Harmon

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"Child Support Services Program." Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, https://www2.illinois.gov/hfs/ChildSupport/FormsBrochures/Pages/hfs1759.aspx
Renken, Leslie. "'It was a family secret': These Black Peorians trace their roots back to George Washington." Peoria Journal Star, 21 February 2022, https://www.pjstar.com/story/news/history/2022/02/21/peoria-family-claims-lineage-george-washington-and-his-slave-venus/6803060001/
"Paternity." Law Offices of Lonergan Law Group, Ltd., https://www.peoriaillinoisdefenseattorney.com/paternity/