Occasionally when paternity/parentage becomes an issue the parties involved just want to know the facts regarding familial relationships and are clearly not committed to obtaining DNA test results for legal proceedings.
Genetic Profiles’ HOME PATERNITY PROFILES™ uses the home-based DNA paternity specimen collection kit, or home kit, to facilitate initiation of the paternity testing process. This kit allows for the self-collection of specimens, which can be done with a level of privacy that is determined by you, our client. With the HOME PATERNITY PROFILES™ KIT you can collect your specimens in the absolute privacy of your home.
The laboratory work that is preformed in the paternity testing laboratory on samples from the home-based DNA specimen collection kit is identical to the laboratory work preformed by the laboratory on samples from buccal swabs, or blood, collected under strict chain of custody at a professional specimen collection site. Thus, the accuracy of the laboratory work is the same regardless of weather the samples came from using home-based collection or collection by a professional who has no interest in the outcome of the paternity testing. Persons involved in a paternity issue using home-based sample collection should be able to make an informed personal decision based on the same quality of laboratory testing as that conducted for investigative agencies and relied upon by judges. It is important that such persons understand and accept the legal limitations and are confident regarding the integrity of the sample collection and submission process.
The fundamental difference between the two methods for obtaining specimens/samples for paternity testing is in the important legal concept known as the “chain of custody”. The chain of custody documents the whereabouts of evidence from the point of origin or discovery to the person or persons ultimately responsible for the evidence. Here the evidence is the specimen that is submitted for DNA paternity testing. Admissibility of results in a court of law requires that a verifiable documented chain of custody regarding the collection and handling of the specimens be provided to the court. This is usually not possible when privately collecting specimens in your home. So, home-based collection will generally prevent use of DNA test results in a court of law.