DNA Testing in Salem, IL

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Salem, Illinois at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (618) 230-2516 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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DNA Test - Salem, Illinois

Salem IL DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Salem, Illinois

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Salem 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:

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)

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 Salem 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:

to change the name on a birth certificate
to petition for child support
to petition for survivor benefits
for child custody arrangements
to alter inheritance procedures or wills

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:

Stained garments
Mucus and other bodily fluids
Soda cans
Chewing gum

How to schedule a DNA Test in Salem IL

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Salem 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 Salem, plus many more throughout Illinois 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem

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 Illinois as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Salem and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.

Laboratory certifications

Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Salem or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

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 Salem 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 Salem that they need. 

DNA Information for Salem IL

Establishing Paternity in Salem, IL

According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS), paternity is the legal establishment of a father's relationship with a child. If a child's mother is married or in a civil union when a child is born or within 300 days of the child's birth, the husband or partner is legally presumed to be the child's father. No further action is needed.

Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) - both parents can sign a VAP form, which must be witnessed and filed with the DHFS.
Administrative Paternity Order - established and filed by DHFS Child Support Services
Order of Paternity - established by the courts

A VAP is the easiest and fastest way to establish paternity. If there isn't a VAP on file and the child's mother is receiving assistance, the DHFS may determine paternity. This is easier than going to court but can take some time. In addition, this only determines paternity and child support. It does not address custody or visitation.

Often, when there's a disagreement, parents end up going to court. This is usually the most time-consuming option and typically requires hiring an attorney.

Rights and Responsibilities of Paternity

In the state of Illinois, once paternity is established, the legal father has a right to maintain a relationship with his child. This means he can seek custody and/or visitation. He also has legal responsibilities to provide for the child until he or she is of legal age of majority and has graduated from high school. This may include paying child support and providing money to cover daycare, extracurricular activities, college expenses, and more. In addition, the child's father may be responsible for providing medical and life insurance.

Denial of Parentage in Illinois

If a man has been deemed to be a child's parent and he later finds out he's not, he may be able to file a Denial of Parentage form as long as he has never previously acknowledged parentage and has not been determined to be the child's father in a court of law.

It's also possible for the child, the mother, or the presumed parent to file an action to declare the non-existence of the parent-child relationship. However, this can only be done within two years of when the person who files the petition knew or should have known the facts about the child's paternity. This is one reason why it's so important to have a DNA test before signing a VAP or otherwise acknowledging a child as your own.

Neighborhoods in Salem Served by our Clinics


Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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"Family & Safety: Parentage basics." Illinois Legal Aid Online, https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/parentage-basics
"My rights and responsibilities once parentage is established." Illinois Legal Aid Online, https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/legal-information/my-rights-and-responsibilities-once-parentage-established
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