DNA Testing in Providence, Rhode Island
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Providence, Rhode Island at 3 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (401) 200-4952 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 – Providence, Rhode Island
Paternity Testing in Providence, Rhode Island
There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Providence 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 Providence 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 Providence RI
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Providence 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 Providence, plus many more throughout Rhode Island 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 Providence 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 Providence 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 Providence
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 Rhode Island as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Providence 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 Providence or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.
Why Health Street
More than a Decade of Experience
Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Providence, the state of Providence, Rhode Island, and throughout the nation. The first DNA test that Health Street provided in Providence, RI was in 2017.Since then, we have done 59 DNA and paternity tests in Providence.
Commitment to Community
Health Street is committed to providing the best DNA testing in Providence, Rhode Island. We take great pride in our dedication to excellence in all respects and services.
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Establishing Paternity in Providence, RI
When two unmarried Providence parents have a child, only the mother will possess parental rights at the time of birth unless both parents complete the paternity establishment process. A paternity establishment is used to legally declare a child’s biological father. Legal paternity will grant him parental rights over the child and have his details placed on the child’s birth certificate.
The simplest way for Providence parents to establish paternity is through the completion of a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage (VAP). This form will be presented by hospital staff after the child’s birth and must only be completed if there is full confidence in paternity. If there’s any doubt in a child’s paternity, Providence parents should first seek DNA testing services.
Revoking a Paternity Establishment in Providence, RI
In certain cases, a Providence mother and presumed father may be quick to establish paternity only to later discover that the presumed father is not the biological father. In the state of Rhode Island, parents have up to 60 days past the filing of a VAP to submit a court request to rescind a paternity agreement.
As proof of the importance of DNA paternity testing, it can be notoriously difficult to rescind paternity establishments in court after the 60-day limit without proof of fraud, duress, or material mistake. Even though a previously presumed father is now aware that he is not the biological father, he may still be held responsible for any previously established child support obligations.
Assistance Establishing Paternity in Providence, RI
Following the birth of a child, a Providence parent may have a difficult time establishing paternity due to the other parent refusing to sign a VAP. Without the successful establishment of paternity, a parent will not be able to seek monthly child support services from the opposing parent. To mitigate this concern, a parent should file a paternity petition through a Providence County Family Court.
Filing this legal action in court enables a judge to mandate the presumed parent to appear in court and complete the paternity establishment process. The process often includes the use of DNA paternity testing to accurately determine the child’s biological father. If properly identified, the courts can move forward with the paternity establishment process as well as any child support or custody agreements.
Last updated 9/7/2022