DNA Test Checklist
Below is a list of questions to ask yourselves before going ahead with testing to help you to carefully consider how you will all be affected by finding out the results of the test.(a) Could finding out the results have a negative impact on family relationships?(b) Could finding out the results have any financial implications for the family? FOR TESTS INVOLVING CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS ONLY (questions c - g):(c) Do you think the child’s sense of identity would be affected by finding out the results of the test? (d) Is everyone agreed that this test is in the best interests of any child being tested? (e) If any child being tested is old enough (mature enough) to understand the test andits implications – have things been fully discussed with them?(f) And are they happy for the test to go ahead?(g) If any child being tested is not old enough (mature enough) to understand the test and its implications – have you thought about what you will say to the child when collecting the mouth swabs?(h) Have you considered seeking counselling before going ahead with testing? (i) Have you seen the list of organisations which may be able to help you in your decision to proceed with testing (on the assureDNA website)?(j) As you will no doubt appreciate, once the results of the test are known – there is no going back. Having thought about all the issues and implications, are you quite sure you want to go ahead with testing? (k) Do you have any questions you would like to ask us?
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