DNA Testing in Syracuse, New York

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Syracuse, New York at 4 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (315) 325-8616 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 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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Syracuse NY DNA Testing Locations

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

How to schedule a DNA Test in Syracuse NY

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Syracuse 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 Syracuse, plus many more locations throughout New York 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 Syracuse as well as communities all across the nation.

Commitment to Community

Health Street has long been committed to the particular DNA testing needs of the larger Syracuse community. We offer help to local families who need assistance navigating the sensitive issues surrounding paternity testing.

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Local DNA Stories

In 2016, Justin Gerace came home to Syracuse from California and gifted his parents, Jim and Jacki Gerace, a DNA test so they could learn how English, Irish, or Italian they were. The DNA test led to the discovery that Jacki's half-sister the family never met was alive, living less than an hour away. These Syracuse siblings spent their lives 25 miles apart and never met. The half-sister, Cindy Eastman, now Cindy Shelmidine, knew she was adopted and had a happy life. But DNA testing brought the two sisters together again, and when asked how their mother would have felt about it, Gerace said, "She'd be really, really happy."

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Syracuse, NY

If a married couple has a child, the husband is the child's legal father. But if an unmarried couple in Syracuse has a child, they must establish paternity for the child to have a legal father. The father does not have rights to the child until paternity is established.

In Syracuse, paternity can be established if both parents agree to sign a voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP). The form can be completed at the hospital when the baby is born or after leaving the hospital and can be completed until the child reaches 21 years of age. If the parents do not agree to sign the form, they can establish paternity in court. If there is any question about the child's biological father, whether establishing paternity in court or by signing an AOP, DNA testing can prove paternity. Once paternity is determined, paternity must be established for the child to have a legal father.

Experts Say...

"Creating emotional bonds with a child is a crucial component of any healthy father/child relationship," said Syracuse family law attorney Lauren Haddad. "Any obstruction to the formation of these relationships can be heartbreaking. Conversely, fathers who fail to live up to the expressive components of fatherhood still have a legal obligation to the well-being of the child."

Last updated 9/23/2022

Neighborhoods In and Around Syracuse That We Serve

Young Norton Abbey
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Pine Ridge Circle
Homeland Gardens
Kaymar Dr
Far Westside
Meadow Wood Dr
Lindbergh Lawns
Salisbury - Avery - Grand
Butterfield Circle

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