DNA Testing - Sanford, ME

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Sanford, Maine at 2 testing laboratories. Call (207) 401-2259 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 - Sanford, Maine

Sanford ME DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Sanford, Maine 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 Sanford 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 Sanford ME

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Sanford 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 Sanford, plus many more locations throughout Maine and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Sanford. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Sanford , ME 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. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Sanford as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

DNA Information for Sanford

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Sanford, ME

In Sanford, ME, the easiest way to establish paternity is by filling out an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form, which is done voluntarily by both the mother and father of the baby. The AOP form should only be completed if both parents are sure of their decision and may be completed at the hospital at the time of the baby's birth.

The AOP will give the child a legal father and make him responsible financially by offering child support and assistance with medical support. However, the document alone does not automatically give the father rights to visitation or custody of the child.

An AOP does not need to be completed if the parents are married since the husband will legally be presumed the father.

If two parents are not willing to sign an AOP, paternity may also be established through a court order. The judge will decide if the man is the child's father and genetic DNA testing may be ordered by the court.

Experts Say...

According to Nicholas Baker of Family Law Rights, "It is important when having a child, especially for single mothers, to establish paternity of the child as soon as possible. First, the child deserves to know the identity of his or her father. Regardless of how you feel about the person now or in the future, your child may want to have a relationship with this person at some point, or at least try. He or she deserves the right to be able to do this."

Baker also wants single mothers to understand that establishing paternity gives the child access to the father's medical records. It also gives the child other benefits, such as medical and financial benefits. He goes on to say, "If paternity is never established, it is simply your word against his. If he disappears, you are now stuck raising the child on your own, physically, emotionally, and financially."

Neighborhoods In and Around Sanford That We Serve

Malden Ave
Mount Hope
Sanford Main

Additional Services

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"Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP)." Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/data-research/vital-records/documents/pdf-files/Acknowledgment-of-Paternity-VS27-A.pdf
"Establishing Paternity." State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ofi/programs-services/child-support-services/establish-paternity
"Father's Rights in Maine." Family Law Rights, https://www.familylawrights.net/maine/fathers-rights/#:~:text=The%20first%20and%20easiest%20way,of%20Paternity%20form%20(AOP).&text=The%20AOP%20form%20is%20a,presence%20of%20a%20notary%20public.
Baker, Nicholas. "Why Should a Parent Establish Paternity of a Child?" Family Law Rights, https://www.familylawrights.net/blog/why-should-a-parent-establish-paternity-of-a-child/
"Discover your Sanford neighborhood." Nextdoor, https://nextdoor.com/city/sanford--me/