DNA Testing in Somerset, Pennsylvania

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Somerset, Pennsylvania at a centrally located testing laboratory. Register now, or call us at (814) 436-3334 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 Somerset 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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DNA Test - Somerset, Pennsylvania

Somerset PA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Somerset, Pennsylvania 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 Somerset 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 Somerset PA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Somerset 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 Somerset, plus many more locations throughout Pennsylvania and all across the United States. Not every one of our clinics performs paternity testing in Somerset. We'll show you the nearest locations to get a DNA test in Somerset , PA 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

More than a Decade of Experience

Since 2010, Health Street has offered DNA tests in Somerset, the state of Somerset, Pennsylvania, and throughout the nation.  Since our founding, we have focused on helping people obtain the DNA and paternity tests that they need, from Somerset to neighborhoods everywhere.

Commitment to Excellence

Our mission is to understand the DNA testing needs of our clients. We will strive to provide the most accurate, fast, and conclusive paternity tests in Somerset.

DNA Information for Somerset, PA

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Somerset, PA

If you live in Somerset, PA and are an unmarried parent who wants to prove paternity because you want to be a part of your child's life, or you need to prove paternity for child custody purposes, there are several methods to accomplish this. First, Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare encourages parents to sign the voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form while at the hospital.

The AOP form may also be obtained at County Assistance Offices or provided through the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Child Support Enforcement (BCSE) Paternity Coordinator.

The Domestic Relations Section (DRS) helps with child support and questions of paternity. The DRS may order genetic testing in cases where paternity is in doubt. In Somerset, the Domestic Relations Section is located at 300 North Center Ave. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is closed during the lunch hour from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Disputed cases will be heard in the Court of Common Pleas, located at the Somerset County Courthouse, 111 East Union Street in Somerset.

Local DNA Stories

People who are searching for biological relatives from Somerset may find information about them by consulting resources in the community or through organizations like Family Search.org. Family Search.org maintains information about local library resources and public records which could be useful in searches for biological family members. Somerset County Orphan Court books are available online, with records dating between 1906 and 1930.

The Somerset Historical Center offers resources for people who are interested in researching their family history and other historical information. They offer birth records on microfilm between 1893 and 1908, church histories, census records, and information about crafts and trades in the area. Surname searches, newspaper records, maps, and local histories are all available through the Center, which is at 10649 Somerset Pike in Somerset.

Experts Say...

Adopted children who are searching for their birth parents were unable to access original birth certificates in Pennsylvania until 2017. The state sealed all birth certificates of adopted children in 1984 and would only issue birth certificates with adoptive parent names until a state law took effect in November 2017.

Adults over age 18 have the right to request access to their original birth certificate in Pennsylvania, along with their direct descendants: children and grandchildren. Opening adoption records that could date back many years is controversial. According to Pennsylvania Representative Kerry Benninghoff, "The fight has always been about fairness and the fundamental right of Pennsylvania adoptees to have access to the one legal document that legitimizes their existence here on this earth."

Some Somerset Neighborhoods That We Serve

Glades Pike/S Columbia Ave
Borough Center

Additional Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


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Foster, Ashley. "Pennsylvania Officially Opens Birth Certificates for Adoptees," Adoption.com, 7 November 2017, url: https://adoption.com/pennsylvania-officially-opens-birth-certificates-for-adoptees
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. "Pennsylvania Child Support Handbook," url: https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/csws/csws/forms/Pub%20266%209-11.pdf
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. "Important Information for Unmarried Parents," url: https://www.humanservices.state.pa.us/csws/csws/forms/PUB575v210.pdf
Somerset County Government. "Courts," url: http://www.co.somerset.pa.us/department.asp?deptnum=101
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