DNA Test - Reading, PA

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Reading, Pennsylvania at 8 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (484) 246-7527 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.

Schedule your Reading 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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Reading PA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Reading, Pennsylvania 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:

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 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 Reading DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Reading PA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Reading 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 Reading, plus many more locations throughout Pennsylvania and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also pick the times and days 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 Reading, PA was in 2015.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Reading, Pennsylvania - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Reading, Pennsylvania

When Reading parents are married when their child is born, the husband is automatically considered the legal father. However, paternity will need to be established if the parents are not married when their child is born.

If unmarried parents decide to establish paternity in Reading, they have two options. They can sign a Voluntarily Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) or go to court. When parents are in agreement about paternity, they most often sign the VAP at the hospital after the child is born. However, they must do so in front of a witness. Many parents decide to sign the VAP at the hospital because the hospital staff can assist them with the whole process and help them file the document with the Department of Public Welfare. Once completed, the alleged father will become the child's legal father and can be added to their birth certificate.

Another option parents often choose, especially when they disagree about paternity, is court. The judge will likely ask the alleged father and the child to go for genetic testing to prove whether the alleged father is the biological father. Once the test results return, the judge may consider them in the paternity decision.

Reading, Pennsylvania: Benefits of establishing paternity

There are many reasons why parents should establish paternity. In Reading, Pennsylvania, the court cannot usually establish child support, custody, or visitation rights before establishing paternity. Before legal paternity is established, the father has no rights regarding decisions about the child's health, upbringing, or education.

The child can also gain benefits after parents establish paternity. Some benefits for the child can include:

Health and life insurance
The right to inherit
A better sense of identity
Access to the medical history of both parents
Veterans and disability benefits, if available
Social Security
The right to inherit from both parents

Last updated 12/30/2022

Neighborhoods In and Around Reading That We Serve

West Reading
Mount Penn
West Wyomissing
Southwest Reading
Flying Hills

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