DNA Test - Skokie, IL

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Skokie, Illinois at our centrally located testing laboratory. Call (224) 509-6198 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 - Skokie, Illinois

Skokie IL DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Skokie, Illinois 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 Skokie DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Skokie IL

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Skokie 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 Skokie, plus many more locations throughout Illinois 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. We have provided DNA tests and paternity tests to thousands of people in Skokie as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Skokie, Illinois - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Skokie, IL

In Skokie, Illinois, there are two primary methods for establishing paternity. If the parents are not married or in a civil union but both want to establish paternity, they can choose the Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP). The VAP form can be obtained from various sources such as the health department, county clerk, public aid office, or Child Support Services. It is important for parents to only sign the VAP if they are absolutely certain about the paternity.

Another option for establishing paternity is through a court order. This route often involves DNA testing to provide evidence of the alleged father's biological relationship to the child. DNA tests are painless and highly accurate methods for determining paternity. DNA specimens are usually collected by swabbing the inside of the cheek, and the samples are sent to a laboratory for testing. The test results are then returned to the judge overseeing the case. If paternity is established, the judge can also establish custody, visitation hours, and child support if necessary.

Health Street provides reliable and accurate DNA testing services in Skokie, Illinois. Whether you need a paternity test for peace of mind or legal purposes, Health Street offers multiple testing options to meet your needs.

Skokie, Illinois: Reasons to establish paternity

When parents decide to establish paternity, the child can gain multiple benefits, such as:

Financial security as they will get support from both parents
The right to inherit
Veteran's benefits, if applicable
Health and life insurance
Access to medical history if the child wants to obtain medical information

The father can also benefit from establishing paternity. Until paternity is established, he does not have a right to request custody or visitation. Establishing paternity can also give him the right to participate in important decisions about the child's life, especially regarding education, health, and upbringing.

Last updated 5/15/2023

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Paternity. Illinois Department of Public Health. (n.d.). https://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/birth-death-other-records/birth-records/paternity.html
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