DNA Testing in Topeka, Kansas

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Topeka, Kansas at 8 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (785) 783-0054 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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1111 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66604
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2101 SW 36th Street
Topeka, KS 66611
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4011 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66614
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1834 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka, KS 66604
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2121 SW Chelsea Drive
Topeka, KS 66614
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4011 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66614
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2707 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66614
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1101 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66611
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DNA Test – Topeka, Kansas

Topeka KS DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Topeka, Kansas

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

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Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
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Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
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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 Topeka 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:

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to change the name on a birth certificate
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to petition for child support
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to petition for survivor benefits
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for child custody arrangements
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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:

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Q-tips
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Stained garments
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Mucus and other bodily fluids
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Soda cans
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Chewing gum

How to schedule a DNA Test in Topeka KS

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Topeka 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 Topeka, plus many more throughout Kansas 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 Topeka 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 Topeka 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 Topeka

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 Kansas as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Topeka 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 Topeka or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

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 Topeka as well as communities all across the nation.

Dedicated to Excellence

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

Facts about DNA Testing in Topeka KS

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Topeka, KS

In Topeka, KS, if a child is born to two parents that are married, it’s assumed that the husband is the child’s father and paternity does not need to be established. However, if a child is born to unmarried parents, paternity will need to be established. In Topeka, KS, paternity may be established in two ways.

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Both parents have the option to voluntarily sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form. This is the easiest way to establish paternity and can be done at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth. Both parents must sign the form in the presence of a witness. Signing this document makes the biological father become the legal father of the child.
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The second way to establish paternity in Topeka, KS is to file a paternity action to let the court decide. The court case will be held in the Shawnee County District Court. Proving paternity may require DNA testing. Either party may request genetic testing, but it must be ordered by the court to be completed. The case may be settled at any time or it may go to trial and the judge will decide if the man is the child’s legal biological father. When the judge issues a final paternity order, the father’s name can then go on the birth certificate and the court will then be able to issue orders regarding custody, visitation, and child support.

Experts Say…

Kansas law firm, Matthews Group, listed reasons why paternity should be established. Reasons include:

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The unmarried father of a child wants to establish paternity so he can get visitation or custody rights.
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The unmarried mother of a child wants to establish paternity so that she can pursue financial support for the son or daughter.
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In or after a divorce, one of the parties may want to prove that the husband is or is not the biological father of a child born during the marriage.

Locations

Clinic Hours for DNA Testing in Topeka, Kansas

1111 SW Gage Blvd Suite 200 Topeka, KS 66604
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Monday: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PMTuesday: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PMWednesday: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PMThursday: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PMFriday: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM About this Location: We are just a few blocks from Hayden Catholic High School.
2101 SW 36th Street Topeka, KS 66611
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Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM(T Lunch: 9:30-11 AM)Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM(Th Lunch: 9:30-11 AM)Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM About this Location: For Topeka DNA testing, you can come to our lab, located across from Big Shunga Park.
4011 SW 29th Street Topeka, KS 66614
Pre-registration required,Appointment Required.

Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMSaturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PMSunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM About this Location: We are just a few blocks from Heartland BMX Track. We hope to see you here soon.
1834 SW Wanamaker Road Topeka, KS 66604
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Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM About this Location: Visit us at this location. We are nearby to Sherwood Lake.
2121 SW Chelsea Drive Topeka, KS 66614
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Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PMTuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PMWednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PMThursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PMFriday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM About this Location: This office is conveniently located just a few blocks from VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System.
4011 SW 29th Street Topeka, KS 66614
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Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMSaturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PMSunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM About this Location: Our lab is located just a few blocks from Heartland BMX Track. We look forward to serving you here.
2707 SW 29th Street Topeka, KS 66614
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Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM About this Location: We are a short walk from Big Shunga Park. There is plenty of parking available.
1101 SW 29th Street Topeka, KS 66611
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Monday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PMSaturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMSunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM About this Location: If you are looking for DNA testing in Topeka, Kansas, you can find us very close by to Fairway Park.

Neighborhoods Served in Topeka

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Potwin
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Quinton Heights
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Randolph
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South Topeka
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State House
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Tennessee Town
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Topeka Airport Forbes Field
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Topeka Country Club
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Ward Meade
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West Topeka

Additional Services

We also offer other services, such as:

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Citations

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“Father’s Rights in Kansas.” Family Law Rights, https://www.familylawrights.net/kansas/fathers-rights/
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“Shawnee County District Court.” Third Judicial District – Shawnee County Kansas, https://www.shawneecourt.org/Directory.aspx?DID=4
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“Establishing paternity of a child in Kansas.” Mathews Group, https://mathewsgrouponline.com/Articles/Establishing-paternity-of-a-child-in-Kansas.html
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“Topeka, Kansas Neighborhood Map – Income, House Prices, Occupations, Boundaries.” City-Data, http://www.city-data.com/nbmaps/neigh-Topeka-Kansas.html