Who needs to be tested?
If either the mother or father is deceased or missing, a childís maternal or paternal relationship to his/her grandparents can be established with a Missing Parent DNA test by providing a simple DNA sample. For example, if a childís mother would like to establish who the father of her child is, but the alleged father is unavailable for DNA testing, the paternal grandparents can provide a DNA sample to determine the paternal relationship to the child.
This test is accurate if just the child and alleged grandparents provide a DNA sample, but if the mother or at least one of the parents of the child also provide a sample then the results will be more conclusive. However, this is not a requirement.
How do I take the test?
The DNA test is easy to use and will involve a mouth swab being taken from each subject being tested. You will receive two cotton swabs per person in separate envelopes. One swab is used to take a saliva cell sample from the inside left cheek, and the other swab is used to take a saliva cell sample from the inside right cheek. You should ensure that the cotton swab is completely dry before you place it in the envelope, and that you have clearly labelled each subjectís envelopes for processing. Itís important that you do not consume any coffee, alcohol or tobacco-related products at least four hours before the test. Detailed instructions for how to take each test will be included in your test kit.
What missing parent tests are available?
There are two types of missing parent tests available from TestDiagnostics Ė a peace of mind missing parent DNA test or a court approved missing parent DNA test. A peace of mind missing parent test is taken for personal reasons and cannot be upheld in a court of law for legal or immigration purposes. It is taken in the privacy of your home and there is no need to involve a doctor or medical professional.
A court approved DNA test can be used for all legal purposes, and requires that a neutral third party or medical professional perform or witness the swab collection. The test subjects submitting their DNA samples must also provide the third party with recent passport photos as well as positive photographic identification such as a passport and utility bill. Please note that this medical professional must be organised by the test subjects themselves and may charge an additional fee which is not included in the TestDiagnostics fees.
How will I get my results?
Your results will be available to download from our secure area just one week after our laboratory receives your completed sample. You need to ensure that you have fully completed all forms and required information included in your test pack so that the laboratory can make the most accurate analysis, in the fastest time possible.
If you have taken a court-approved DNA test, a notarised copy of your results and supporting documentation will in addition be posted to your specified address.
All TestDiagnostics DNA testing and analysis is carried out at an accredited laboratory in accordance with the internationally recognised International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Our partner laboratoryís accreditations include CLIA, AABB, Ministry of Justice, A2LA and NATA and our test kits contain FDA-approved components. Our customer service team is on hand 9am to 5pm every weekday to assist you with any questions you may have about our tests and service, and to provide support and advice once you receive your test results. Please contact us if you have any questions you about our tests and/or lab accreditations. Alternatively, please click here for more information about our DNA tests.
TestDiagnostics require prior consent from every person providing a DNA sample for testing purposes. In the case of a minor, the parentís or guardianís consent in required.