DNA Testing can be performed even when the alleged father is unavailable.
- Several DNA testing options are available in situations where the alleged father (AF) is missing, unavailable or deceased. The first option to consider is whether or not there is a biological (DNA) sample available from the Alleged Father (AF). For example, if the AF is deceased, was a sample collected from a Coroner or Medical Examiner while performing an autopsy? If so, we would attempt to obtain that sample from the Coroner or Medical Examiner. By obtaining the sample directly from them, that would allow us to maintain a chain of custody on that sample and provide legally admissible DNA results. Having a chain of custody and thus, legally admissible DNA results is especially important whenever you are needing DNA Test results for things such as Immigration, Social Security Benefits, etc.
- If no viable sample is available directly from the Alleged Father, then typically the next best option is to perform testing with his direct ancestors ( A Grandparentage DNA Test). Performing a Grandparent DNA test is performed by obtaining DNA samples from both paternal grandparents. This test will usually yield results equal to that of a Paternity Test.
- For more information on Grandparent DNA tests
- Individuals who apply for Social Security benefits are often in need of establishing paternity but do not have access to a DNA sample from the alleged father. In this case, you may either contact the family of Alleged father or contact us so that we may assist in that process. If the Alleged Father’s parents are not available there is still another option.
- Avuncular testing: DNA testing can be done using full siblings of the alleged father. If the alleged father is deceased or unavailable for DNA testing, samples may be obtained from the child and a known full sibling of the alleged father. This is known as Avuncular DNA testing. If the testing is needed to satisfy the Social Security administration, you may want to contact them in advance to ensure that they will accept this type of DNA test in your case.