Using advanced DNA technology and validated procedures, we offer DNA identification tests of superior quality and reliability while using a simple, painless type of sampling procedure that can be performed easily at home. Upon request, our tests are also performed with a strict chain of custody for legal purposes.
The Fraser Valley Pain Clinic Paternity Test offers a clear unequivocal answer. If the presumed father is in fact the biological father, the paternity test will be confirmed with a minimum probability of 99.99%, if a sample from the mother is provided. If the presumed father is not the biological father, the probability of paternity will be 0%.
Private Option (Home Test)
The Paternity Test is performed using samples collected at home, provided that you do not need the results of the DNA analysis for legal purposes (see below for our legal option). Our laboratory will send you a sampling kit containing all the necessary material for the collection of the samples as well as instructions and a consent form.
If you need the results of the DNA test to be used in a legal context, Fraser Valley Pain Clinic’s DNA lab offers a service that ensures the admissibility of the test results in court. Simply contact us to make an appointment in one of our collection centres near you. For the results to be legally admissible, all of the participants must go to a collection centre, present official identification with a photograph (ex. driver’s licence, medical card, etc.) and provide a photograph, after which the samples will follow a strict chain of custody.
Prenatal Paternity Test
Fraser Valley Pain Clinic’s DNA lab now offers a new prenatal paternity test for expecting mothers who wish to obtain paternity results before the birth of the child which is non-invasive, posing no risk to the mother or fetus. For more information on our Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test, click here. The traditional prenatal paternity test requires a sample of amniotic fluid, which can be obtained at the same time as testing for foetal anomalies. Please contact us if you would like to order a prenatal paternity test and we will inform you of the procedure.
Post-Mortem Paternity Test
Fraser Valley Pain Clinic’s DNA lab can perform a paternity test even when the person concerned is deceased. A variety of biological samples (biopsy, blood clot, hair, etc.), even if they are several years old, can be used for DNA tests as the DNA molecule is extremely stable. Please contact us if you would like to order a post-mortem paternity test and we will inform you of the procedure.
Results for our standard paternity test are provided within 5 work days following the receipt of the samples at our laboratory. We also offer an accelerated service by which results are provided within 3 work days. Results are transmitted by mail or through our web portal (e-mail notice) to the eligible persons specified on the consent forms.
OTHER DNA TESTS WE OFFER:
MATERNITY TEST: People who are looking for their biological mothers, or mothers who are looking for their children, may wish to undergo maternity testing to prove, with certainty, their biological relationship with the person in question. This type of test is very precise; the maternal relationship can be confirmed with at least 99.8% probability, or refuted with 0% probability.
FAMILY RELATIONSHIP TESTING: Due to our vast portfolio of genetic markers, we can offer highly significant results for its family relationships tests, which include:
Brother/sister sibling test
Half-brother/half-sister sibling test
Uncle (aunt)/nephew (niece) test
TWIN ZYGOSITY TESTING: Twin tests are often performed out of curiosity, but can sometimes also be useful for medical purposes. The Twin Zygosity Test can determine whether twins are identical or fraternal, since identical twins have the same genetic profile, whereas fraternal twins have profiles comparable to any other brother/sister relationships.
GENETIC IDENTIFICATION TESTING: Genetic identification can be useful in many situations. Advances in DNA testing technology make it possible to match biological evidence to a given individual with certainty or, conversely, to exclude persons of interest. In cases involving missing persons, the possibility of determining their genetic identity constitutes an invaluable asset in the task of trying to locate them or to establish a biological link with different types of evidence. We also offer tests for the identification of biological fluids (blood, semen, and saliva).
DNA testing can be useful for resolving legal disputes concerning professional liability and estate issues. In terms of family inheritances, genetic identification may be used to refute any fraudulent claims filed by third parties.
Lastly, even if the motive is pure curiosity, our laboratory will provide a genetic identity report including your DNA profile and its frequency according to your ethnic origins. Please note that our genetic identification service cannot be used as a substitute for family relationship testing or to determine family ancestors.
Our genetic identification service is performed according to the strict standards of the CODIS identification system used in forensic science laboratories. Fraser Valley Pain Clinic establishes your genetic profile using 16 genetic markers, including a sex determinant.
MOUVEMENT RETROUVAILLES: Fraser Valley Pain Clinic, in collaboration with Mouvement Retrouvailles, is helping people who are searching for their birth parents, children or siblings. Genetic identification constitutes an invaluable asset in the task of establishing a biological link between people.
Fraser Valley offers to Mouvement Retrouvailles members the opportunity to obtain their genetic profile as well as have it registered in a specific database that is used to search for potential family members. Every genetic profile created as part of this program is compared to every other profile contained in the database in order to find a relationship. If a relationship between two individuals is identified, Fraser Valley will inform Mouvement Retrouvailles, which in turn will contact the people involved.
Our genetic identification service is performed according to the strict standards of the CODIS identification system used in forensic science laboratories. Fraser Valley establishes your genetic profile using 16 genetic markers, including a sex determinant.
The test is performed using samples collected at home. Our laboratory will send you a sampling kit containing all the necessary material for the collection of the samples as well as instructions and consent forms.
IMMIGRATION TEST: DNA identification tests are used to establish identity and/or parentage. They represent an invaluable tool in cases involving the reunification of immigrants with their families by offering the ultimate proof attesting to the existence of family relationships. Fraser Valley uses one of the few laboratories in Canada recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to perform DNA identification tests for immigration purposes.
We offers DNA tests to prove various family relationships:
– grandparents, uncle, aunt, etc.
Fraser Valley is renowned for its expertise and offers a high degree of accuracy. Our tests offer an accuracy of over 99.8% as required by CIC. For more information on each test, please refer to their respective sections of this website.
Since everyone inherits half of their genetic material (DNA) from their mother and the other half from their father, DNA analysis makes it possible to determine first, which maternal traits are present in the child, and second, to check whether the remaining traits are present in the presumed father. If the latter does not have the traits that the child must have inherited from the biological father, then paternity is excluded. If the presumed father has these traits, then paternity is statistically established.
The Fraser Valley DNA Paternity Test provides clear unequivocal answers. If the presumed father is not the biological father, the probability of paternity will be 0%. If the presumed father is the biological father, the paternity will be confirmed with a minimum probability of 99.99%, with the participation of the mother.
A conclusive paternity result can be obtained without testing the mother. However, the mother’s participation is recommended even if maternity is not questioned. The participation of the mother increases the accuracy of the paternity test because the genetic characteristics received from the mother can be determined and a more straightforward comparison may be made with the genetic characteristics of the alleged father. In the absence of the mother, further analysis may be required in certain situations.
No. A buccal sample yields results that are as accurate as those obtained from a blood sample. In fact, since the DNA is identical in each and every cell in a person’s body, a wide variety of biological samples, even dating back several years, can be used because the DNA molecule is highly stable.
For the test to be legally admissible, generally speaking, the mother, child and presumed father must be present at the same time and at the same collection centre in order to identify each other. However, it is possible to take samples at different times or at different places if the parties do not wish to see each other or if they live in different regions.
Yes, if the legal admissibility option is ordered. Fraser Valley is committed to establishing its protocols according to good laboratory practices and maintaining a strict chain of custody in order to ensure the admissibility of the results in court. In addition, Fraser Valley’s expertise is supported by the analysis of several thousands of genetic profiles. If necessary, a qualified professional can testify in court regarding the results of a DNA test, the procedures followed or the chain of custody.
Yes. All the circumstances surrounding a DNA test, including the results obtained and all communications, are strictly confidential. To ensure their confidentiality, no results are disclosed over the telephone. Results are transmitted by mail or through our web portal (e-mail notice) to the eligible persons specified on the consent forms.
No. Alcohol, drugs, medications, age, and lifestyle cannot alter DNA. Only a bone marrow graft can alter DNA. The blood cells of the grafted person thus contain the same DNA as that of the donor but sometimes, the buccal cells may contain a mixture of the DNA from the recipient and donor DNA (chimeric).
- To establish the truth in a family dispute
- To use in a dispute concerning child support
- To recognize a child as your offspring
- To resolve ambiguous family situations that are a source of anxiety
- To look for your biological father or mother
- To contest a will