Friday, October 8, 2010

% of wrong fathers

I was looking for statistics on incidences of the wrong father (social fathers) being listed on childrens birth certificates.

With DNA testing being increasingly available, I wonder if we will see a decrease in this type of fraud.

In days gone by, the mother might have wondered herself whether her husband was the father of her new child but did not have the courage, nor the means to determine it and so kept it quiet, a secret which must have been heavy at times.

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child provides for the right of children to be raised by their biological parents from birth. Articles 7, 8 and 9 of the Convention address that right. Does this mean that paternity testing will become more normal?

"It has been shown that 30 to 40% of these men who deny paternity are falsely accused", (talking about men who have requested DNA paternity testing because they are suspicious).

With our interest in family history, we can only research our 'social family' and have no real idea of the truth.

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