Genetic testing identifies a child's biological father.
It is fast easy and reliable.
Genetic testing starts with collection of samples from the mother, child and alleged father. The Child Support Program sends a notice in the mail when genetic samples are needed. Samples need to be collected at a local child support office within 30 days of the date on the notice. Samples are collected by rubbing a swab on the inside of the mouth and sent to a lab that performs the test. Learn more
When Will the Results Be Ready?
- Results are mailed about 2 weeks after the last sample is collected.
- At this time, results cannot be shared over the phone, chat or email.
What do the Results Mean?
The results show if the person tested is the biological father.
*0% result will close the case with the man who was believed to be the father. We will contact the mother for next steps.
Once the Biological Father is Identified, What's Next?
- A final order of paternity is established.
- The child's birth certificate is updated with the father's name.
When is Genetic Testing Needed?
Genetic testing is needed to establish paternity and the results are used in both administrative and court actions.
The 7 Steps to Genetic Testing
The mother and child(ren) and the man believed to be the biological father receive a notice when genetic testing is needed.
- Everyone goes to a local child support office with a photo ID. *Identification is required to make sure the right person is tested.
*If the child does not have a photo ID, a birth certificate, Social Security card, insurance card, or school ID can be used.
At the local office, a photo is taken of each person who is tested. The photo is sent to the lab with the sample.
The mother and man believed to be the biological father collect the sample from themselves in the presence of a certified genetic testing collection team member.
- Samples are taken by rubbing a swab on the inside of the mouth.
The person who brings the child will rub the swab on the inside of the child's mouth.
The certified genetic testing collection team member sends the samples, photos and other paperwork in a sealed envelope to the genetic testing lab.
The lab compares the DNA in the cells of the mother, the man believed to be the biological father, and the child.
- The lab sends the test results to the Program in 2 weeks after the last sample is collected.
- For example: The mother and child gave a sample on March 4. The alleged father gave a sample on March 15. We will get the test results from the lab about 2 weeks after March 15.
Once we get the results from the lab, we will send the results to the mother and the man believed to be the biological father in the mail. At this time, results cannot be shared over the phone, chat or email.