Pitt County offering free DNA testing in support of Child Support Awareness month

PCCSS(Pitt County Child Support Services)
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 7:40 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2022 at 10:29 AM EDT
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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -One Eastern Carolina county is offering free DNA testing Thursday in support of Child Support Awareness Month.

County officials say in order to get a test, paternity must be an issue parents also need a government-issued identification and a birth certificate for each child.

Additionally, participants must seek child support services. Applications will be accepted the same day, but a $10 to $25 fee may apply.

“A critical step in a child’s life is determining the child’s father. Establishing the legal responsibility of a father for his child ensures certain rights for the child, such as a greater sense of identity and possible knowledge of the father’s family medical history and to Social Security, insurance, and military benefits.”

Sonya Scott, Child Support Program Administrator.

Testing will go from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pitt County Humane Services Center.

County officials say the testing is confidential.

For more information call Pitt County Child Support Services at (252) 902-1300.

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