Prenatal paternity testing
Knowing the biological father in early pregnancy, and therefore being able to make decisions earlier on, means that:
- Babies who may be at risk of significant harm can be identified sooner, and plans can be developed to safeguard them.
- Local authorities can perform assessments early in the process, even before they issue the letter of proceedings.
- There is more time to develop a good working relationship with both the mother and the father, especially where there are concerns.
- If required, legal permanence can be secured in a timely manner.
Why prenatal paternity testing?
When it comes to childcare proceedings, identifying the father early is important to ensure a comprehensive assessment can be carried out. It also ensures any possible risks and vulnerabilities are fully considered at the earliest stage.
With prenatal paternity testing, the baby’s biological father can be established as early as 7 weeks into the pregnancy, which can avoid delay when initiating public law care proceedings, such as pre-proceedings, care or supervision proceedings in line in line with the Public Law Outline.
This non-invasive test is 100% safe to the unborn child and works by analysing the baby’s DNA within the mother’s bloodstream. The mother needs to provide a blood sample. The alleged father’s sample is obtained by using a mouth swab to collect DNA from his cheek cells. Samples from up to three alleged fathers can be analysed in each prenatal paternity test.
AlphaBiolabs can send a sample collector to collect both parents’ samples under chain of custody conditions. Alternatively, they can visit one our nationwide Walk in Centres.