Monday, October 13, 2014

DNA tests

Here's a question for those of you who have adopted via foster care: Have you ever considered doing a DNA test for your child/ren? Not a paternity test but a DNA test that will provide a break down of their ethnicity, or the even more advanced tests that will trace their maternal or paternal lineage back to their continent, country or tribes of origin?

I'm thinking about it as a way to provide Primo with some knowledge of his biological back round.

What do you think?

6 comments:

  1. I think that is an amazing idea! I would just make sure you do lots of info to make sure the test you do has good reviews and high quality. I was going to purchase one once and once I dug a little deeper I found awful reviews on the Internet. I've heard really good things about the National Geographic ones.

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  2. I have considered it since I am not 100% sure our girls are identical and I would really like to know that for sure. I have an adoptive mama friend who chose to have this testing done as a family so that they would all learn some more about their own heritage (love that idea for older children). I have also read this http://attemptingagape.blogspot.com/2013/05/dna-genetic-testing-23andme.html-there is a follow up as well.

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  3. My almost 11yo is dying to have it done. He'll end up knowing more about his ethnicity than I know about mine. But it means a lot to him. We're going to do 23andMe.

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  4. That is exactly what I'm going to do for her daughter. We all assume she is half Mexican based on the birth mother's guess and her physical appearance, but will never know who the biological father was. This will be the only way she has to know why she looks different from her family and probably most of her classmates. She has been described as looking Chinese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Latina, Mexican, Hawaiian, and Native American, so I definity want her to know for sure.

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  5. I also want to use 23andme which I found out from Attempting Agape. My son's biological father is unknown. I would also like to have his half-sister tested too. (They are biologically my 2nd cousin's)

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  6. YES!!! do it. Knowledge is power and if you do it now you can share appropriately throughout his future. No idea if Nat. Geo does more than lineage but the medical indicators of 23andme while imperfect are certainly also a positive source of knowledge!

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