ADOPTION DNA TESTING

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS

In the past decades U. S. families have brought home thousands of adopted children from different countries around the world. Many of the countries from where these children were adopted have different political, social, and cultural environments from the U. S., and their governments may not be involved in the process of inter-country adoption. Because of this, there might be a lack of information about the children’s background and the circumstance under which they are adopted. While many of these children are true “orphans” because of their circumstances, more birthparents in certain countries are choosing to give their children better lives through adoption.

To ensure that the birthparents and/or the children are not victims of human trafficking or abduction, DNA testing is often required to verify parentage relationships and support consent / relinquishment by birthparents. When DNA testing is not a government requirement, some adoptive families and their legal representatives still choose to perform the DNA testing for peace of mind.

Universal Genetics / Advanced Genetics works with U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Immigration Service Centers around the world and has vast knowledge of the ins and outs of many countries’ processes.

DNA TEST AS PROTECTION FOR CLIENTS AND CHILDREN FROM FUTURE BIRTHPARENT CLAIMS

Adoption is an effort to do what is best for a child. To ensure that everyone is protected, many attorneys and agencies prefer that their clients and the children involved undergo DNA testing. Through services like DNA Testing, all can be sure that the biological parents of the children are relinquishing their parental rights.

For attorneys and agencies that use DNA Testing for many of their cases, Universal Genetics / Advanced Genetics DNA Laboratories offers Legal Chain of Custody DNA Testing. All results are returned to the attorney or agency with complete discretion. Everyone involved can depend on our results to be private and confidential.

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DNA TESTING PROCESS FOR ADOPTION CASES

DNA TESTING PROCESS FOR ADOPTION CASES
Many times these cases can be done for immigration purposes as the evidence will be presented to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas, so that the adopted child/children can obtain their travel documents. Therefore, the process is similar to other U.S. Immigration Cases.

STEP 1

Our laboratory controls the participants’ DNA sample collection process, if they are in the U.S. This can be done through one of our laboratories or through a DNA collection site that we can assign to your case if necessary.

STEP 2

Our laboratory ships the DNA Collection Kit to the U.S. Embassy / USCIS office in the country abroad if there is a petition filed ahead of time. Otherwise, we can conduct an international chain of custody with a local doctor or clinic. However, this last method would not be valid for U.S. Immigration purposes.

STEP 3

If there is an application filed with the local U.S. Embassy/USCIS Office, they collect the beneficiary’s DNA sample and ship it back to our laboratory. If there is no application filed with the local U.S. Embassy/USCIS Office, the local clinic or doctor used to collect the DNA sample will ship it back to our laboratory.

STEP 4

If applies in your case, once the DNA testing has been completed, our laboratory ships the DNA Testing Results to the requesting immigration office. Otherwise, the results are sent to the client to the mailing address he/she assigned for the case.

REQUIREMENTS TO INITIATE YOUR ADOPTION DNA TEST

If this test is initiated in connection to a U.S. Immigration matter, then we will need the following:

A copy of the letter / written request provided by the U.S. Embassy or USCIS Office. This document typically contains:
Your file / case number
The names of the persons that need to be tested
The type of relationship that needs to be proved

In addition, we will need the following from the participants in the U.S. and abroad:

Names
Dates of Birth
Address
Phone Numbers
If there is no U.S. Immigration case depending on this DNA test results, then we will just need the following for all participants in the U.S. and abroad:

Names
Dates of Birth
Address
Phone Numbers

Once you have provided the required information accurately, you only need to make your appointments to have your samples collected at the clinic or doctor’s office we will use. We will handle everything else with the collection kit shipping, testing, and reporting of the DNA Test results to the client, or if this test is in connection to a U.S. Immigration matter, to the corresponding immigration agencies.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If this test is not for U.S. immigration purposes and the participants in the test are overseas, we first must evaluate if we count with a local clinic or doctor’s office to collect the DNA samples for all the participants abroad. Unfortunately, sometimes this is subject to availability. However, given that many times these adoption procedures might be needed for local authorities, they can suggest the acceptable local clinics or DNA collections sites they may accept. If this suggestion is given to the client, often we can communicate with those collectors and coordinate the DNA sample collection process for the parties abroad.

GET STARTED

To get your DNA testing process started,
or to answer any questions you may have

Please call 1-888-DNA-LAB-8 (1-888-362-5228)
and one of our DNA Case Counselors
will be glad to guide you through the process.

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