Unfortunately, there are some occasions when DNA Paternity testing is needed, but the father is no longer available because he has passed away. Multiple options are available, if the father is deceased and you need a paternity test. Test Me DNA can walk you through the process and make it as easy as possible for the family involved.
The first step for post mortem paternity testing is to contact the coroner’s office or funeral home to see if a DNA sample is available for the deceased father. Many times the sample will be a blood dot card or a blood spot card. A funeral home may also gather 40 hairs with the root attached or fingernail clippings with skin attached.
If a DNA Sample is Available at the Coroner’s Office or Funeral Home
If the coroner’s office or funeral home have a sample on file, you will need to check with them about their protocol. Some offices require a court order to release a DNA sample. Other offices may only require a next of kin release form to be completed. Once you find out their protocol, you will need to gather a little bit more information to set up post mortem paternity testing.
Information Needed for Post Mortem DNA Testing
Name of the facility that has the DNA sample i.e. ______ County Medical Examiner
Address to the facility that has the DNA sample
Contact person at the facility that our lab can speak with
Contact person’s telephone number
Date of birth for the deceased
Date of death for the deceased
If a DNA Sample is Not Available for the Deceased Father
If there is not a DNA sample of the deceased father, then it would be necessary to have a different type of DNA testing performed . This type of DNA testing is referred to as special relationship DNA testing or genetic reconstruction testing. The options could include Grand Parentage (grandparents) DNA testing, Avuncular (aunt/Uncle) DNA testing or Sibling DNA testing. These types of tests include the deceased fathers parents, children or full siblings.
Unfortunately these types of cases are not out of the ordinary, but we at Test Me DNA help the family get through the process as quickly as possible.
Post Mortem Paternity Testing FAQ