Welcome to DNA Testing Centers
In the City of Washington D.C., it is estimated that 24,779 families are Single-Parent families. That’s 53% of all households in Washington D.C.. If you are a single parent, DNA Paternity Testing could be extremely relevant to you.
DNA Testing Centers provides accredited, court-admissible DNA Testing in Washington D.C.. We test for Paternity, Maternity and Other Relationships, as well as Specialty Testing. We have over 2,000 centers in 49 states, including 2 centers in the Washington D.C. Area, making us one of the nation’s largest network of testing labs.
Our DNA Tests are incredibly accurate and usually show a conclusive result — 99.99% is positive, and 0% if negative. In most cases, only the father and child needs to be tested. There is no minimum age for the child — we can even test a child before they are born. And it’s not necessary for father and child to be in the same state to be tested, they can visit the DNA Testing Center closest to them.
DNA Testing Centers offers over 2,000 centers nationwide, with same-day appointments available. For even greater convenience, we sell in-home testing kits, with simple instructions and painless collection of the samples. When performed properly, these tests are just as accurate as lab tests, but are not court-admissible.
We strive to be the most affordable provider of court admissible DNA Testing in Washington D.C. For your convenience, you have the option of only paying half of the testing fee up front. The second half is due before test results are released back to you. We accept Major Debit/Credit Cards, Cashier’s Check/Money Order, or even Pre-Paid Gift cards — the most discreet payment option as they are not traceable.
Washington D.C. Area DNA Testing Centers
Why should I get a Paternity Test in Washington D.C.?
It is estimated that between 5% and 20% of children do not know the identity of their biological father, or have the wrong man identified as their father. Sometimes, the mother knows the father’s identity and chooses not to disclose it to their child, but sometimes the mother genuinely may not know who the father is.
A paternity test establishes a scientifically sound, legally binding relationship between father and child. Establishing this sort of parentage provides many potential benefits.
- A sense of belonging for your child knowing who both their parents are. Establishing this biological origin is widely recognized by psychologists as highly important for a child’s sense of identity.
- A full family medical history in case your child gets ill would be invaluable to doctors trying to treat them.
- Your child may become eligible for new government benefits like social security or veterans dependent.
- Your child may qualify for medical coverage under the other parent’s health plan.
- Your child could become the beneficiary of the other parent’s life insurance policy.
- Your child may also gain the right to further inheritance benefits from the other parent.
- Your child will become eligible for financial support from both parents.
A court-admissable paternity test can also definitively solve relational strife between the parents and doubts about the true parent of the child. For example, when a couple separates on bad terms, the father may try and claim the child is not his and thus he doesn’t need to pay child support. Child support can amount to up to 15% of disposable income, so this is an important source of financial help that would be blocked off from the mother without a paternity test. Even if the man disputes the results, he will have to pay child support until new DNA tests prove otherwise.
Or, the father may want to be part of his child’s life but the mother claims it’s not his just to get the father out of her life. The father has no way of knowing for sure if this is true without a paternity test.
In 2007-8, nearly 1 in 5 paternity tests showed the mother was either deliberately or inadvertently mistaken about the true identity of the child’s father.
Without these tests, 661 children would have grown up believing the wrong man was their dad, and these men would have been on the hook for up to $63 million dollars in child support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not usually. Most DNA paternity tests that include only the father and child show a conclusive result — usually 99.99% if positive, and 0% if negative.
However in rare cases, the father may have a mutation in his DNA, causing a mismatch in part of the DNA match and dropping the likelihood of biological parentage below 99.99%. In these circumstances, testing the mother’s DNA increases the likelihood of a conclusive result.
There is no minimum age for a child to be tested.
We can even test a child before they are born. We can perform a Cervical Villis Sample (CVS) which can be collected at 10 to 12 weeks pregnancy. We can also sample the amniotic fluid which can be collected at 12 to 21 weeks of pregnancy, and is the preferred method. And finally we can perform a non-invasive blood sample which can be collected any time after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Please see our “Specialty Testing” page for more details regarding these prenatal testing options.
Yes. DNA Testing can be performed on the parent or sibling of the alleged father. We can also use a sample of the father’s DNA such as blood, hair, fingernails/toenails, or more.
Sometimes, depending on your location. Typically, there is an additional fee for a mobile collection. The fee varies depending on the distance the collector needs to travel.
While Home Test Kit results are just as accurate as Laboratory tests, there is no way to verify whose DNA was collected, or prove that the DNA was not contaminated or tampered with. There is no neutral third party healthcare professional supervising the test to make sure it was performed accurately. For this reason, Home Tests are not Court-Admissible evidence unless the court specifically agrees to allow them.
Yes. With over 2000 Locations Nationwide, individuals from different cities or states can just schedule an appointment with their nearest DNA Testing Lab and conduct the test. There is no additional fee to use separate locations.
The difference between 'Court Directed' and 'Unofficial' Paternity Tests
DNA Paternity Testing offers two sets of options for accurate DNA testing: Lab Testing and In-Home Testing Kits.
For ‘Court Directed’ tests, the courtroom will appoint an accredited company (like DNA Paternity Testing) to carry out DNA Testing and submit a report. These will be conducted in a laboratory by certified healthcare professionals, and legal documents will be provided that will settle any court, social security, or birth certificate issues.
For convenience and comfort, DNA Paternity Testing Centers also provides ‘Unofficial’ In-Home Testing Kits. The results are just as accurate as the laboratory tests, but they are not court-admissible. This is because there’s no way to verify whose DNA samples were collected, since no one is watching you perform the test. This means our in-home test is for pure knowledge only. If you need a DNA test for any legal reason, we recommend our Lab Testing Option.
Washington D.C. Single Parent Resources
DNA Paternity Testing provides these resources as-is. We urge you to seek qualified legal counsel if you have questions.
64 New York Avenue NE, 6th Floor
Washington, DC – 20002
8:15 am to 4:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:15 am to 7 pm on Wednesday.
Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family’s needs and while preparing program participants for independence through work. Adults with dependent children applying for or receiving TANF must meet financial and technical eligibility requirements. Conditions of eligibility include cooperation with child support, participation in work activities and compliance with substance abuse provisions. Earned and unearned income cannot exceed the benefit level paid for the assistance unit size and assets are limited to $2,000.00. Sanctions may be imposed for program noncompliance.
¨In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the District of Columbia, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.
Apart from the financial challenges, playing the roles of both a mother as well as a father is perhaps the most difficult aspect of being a single mother.
Being a parent and earning a living, single mothers are more likely to experience parental stress while trying to juggle work and parenting responsibilities.
To address the issues, the District of Columbia runs several programs that hope to ease the stress of single motherhood.