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Can DNA testing help me find my child?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2019 | Fathers' Rights |

If you have been separated from your child in Minnesota, you may have wondered if DNA testing may help you find them. DNA testing has grown in popularity over recent years and many people take the test for different reasons. Some people are looking for medical history, particularly if they are unfamiliar with one or both sides of their biological family. Some others may wish to learn more about their racial and ethnic makeup or are just curious.

The good news is that this fascination with genetics may have resulted in your own child seeking a DNA test. According to Forbes, all DNA-testing companies draw from one unique database. This helps to make it possible for people to find not just their long-lost children, but other relatives they may have otherwise never met.

If your child is over the age of 18, then there may be a much better chance of their DNA being in the system. Otherwise, perhaps the only possible reason their DNA data would have been uploaded is due to medical reasons or by the adoptee of the child.

However, before searching for your child, it is important to consider a few potential problems. If the child was separated from you due to allegations of abuse, seeking out the child may not be in either of your best interests. This could appear to be dangerous, stalking behavior and may cause the child or other parties involved to seek stricter methods of ensuring separation.

If there were no such allegations at the time of separation, it is still wise to consider how this discovery may affect their lives. This is especially the case if they were put up for adoption without your consent at a young age. They may not know they were adopted or may have accepted their guardians as parents. Disrupting this could have lasting negative psychological effects.

So, can DNA testing help you to find your child? There is no guarantee, but with more and more Americans seeking out their DNA history, it is possible. The question now is whether or not you are willing to risk the possible repercussions of that quest.

This article provides information on how DNA testing may help separated family members to find each other. It should not be used as legal advice.