DNA Testing can determine if an adult is the biological parent of a child.
The non-invasive procedure involves collecting and examining the DNA [your body contains as many as 100 trillion cells containing DNA or Deoxyribonucleic Acid] of a small sample of bodily fluid or tissue from a child and potential parent. DNA testing can prove biological grandparents, maternity, and siblings.
There are various terms associated with DNA Testing such as Paternity Testing, Relationship Testing, DNA Profiling, and Genetic Fingerprinting.
The testing involves collecting cells found on the inside of a person's cheek using a cheek swab. The swabs have wooden or plastic stick handles with a cotton swab on a synthetic tip. The collector rubs the inside of a person's cheek in order to collect as many cells as possible. From there, the DNA from the cells are sent to a laboratory for testing.
Paternity testing is the legal procedure that declares who the father of a child is by providing genetic proof. For paternity testing, samples from the alleged father and child are both necessary.
Paternity and other family relationship DNA testing results are legal evidence for child support, parental rights, inheritance claims, social benefits, immigration, adoption and other circumstances when proof of a blood relationship is required.
When experiencing all ranges of DNA testing, oftentimes the overall well-being of the child is not the first aspect considered. Adults tend to become absorbed solely in the rights of the parent and forget the emotional effects that biological proof can have on the child and/or children.
With parental consent due to the child being a minor in New York State, a sixteen-year-old high school student in Buffalo, New York agreed to speak to me in a ten-minute interview regarding the diverse emotional and psychological effects DNA Testing, specifically Paternity Testing, has on the child. In this interview, which is informative and personal, yet confidential, we speak of medical, emotional and psychological effects of DNA testing versus non DNA Testing.
After speaking briefly to a child, we addressed diverse situations that adults typically are not thinking of when they request and do not request DNA Paternity testing. We covered various aspects of DNA testing relating to medical emergencies, crime investigation and peace of mind.
Several key points from the interview are:
- Knowing who the father is, whether biological, adoptive, or step, is a truth that provides security for the emotional and psychological well-being of the child.
- Not knowing who the Father is can result in poor medical care in the long term if a child presents with a condition that may require the biological father to be of assistance.
- Finding out later in life who the biological father is, can be damaging, resulting in a feeling of betrayal of the trust of the child in the parents due to believing someone was their father who truly was not.
- Knowing the biological father can positively affect a child’s sense of identity.
- If a father did not want to be involved in the life of the child and/or mother, Paternity testing ensures that the biological father is legally accountable for supporting the child.
- In the case of a sixteen-year-old male, if a female told him, he was the Father of her child; paternity testing is necessary and the first step in establishing proof of responsibility, care and well-being of both mother and child.
- DNA Paternity testing is essential and the smartest time to do this is at birth or right after. This way, a child does not grow up believing a falsehood and finding out the person they thought was their parent is not.
Most of all, paternity testing can unite your family by giving everyone peace of mind. Distrust, unless addressed head-on, can hurt chances of having a happy and loving family. Rather than living without knowing, finding the answers you need can deepen family bonds and ensure that each child has what they need for a fulfilling life.
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With parental consent, this is a 10 minute audio interview with a student in Buffalo, NY, regarding recent studies conducted through Renovatio DNA Relationship Testing. In this 10 minute interview, we speak about the scientific, medical and emotional aspects DNA testing and non testing has on the child. This is informative and personal, yet confidential.
For more information, to educate self, for further study and for testing please see: Renovatio DNA Relationship Testing that works with laboratories nationally to provide DNA testing. To schedule an appointment call 716-332-1633