SEARCHING FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
The possible abduction of newborns and the complaints filed by the associations of those affected concerning the possible existence of a scheme of illegal trafficking of newborns, mainly during the 1960-1980 period, gave rise to GENOMICA having started up a DNA database for searching for family members in 2010.
In 2011, the National Toxicology and Forensic Science Institute (INTCF) set out a protocol for taking action for genetic identification in the cases of unlawful adoptions and abductions of newborns. This is a guide aimed at facilitating information on the technical procedure for sending DNA samples to the National Toxicology and Forensic Science Institute (INTCF) for the purpose of guaranteeing top quality expertise and unified scientific criteria.
This service provided by the National Toxicology and Forensic Science Institute (INTCF) is aimed at aspects including the verification of all of the DNA reports which the persons affected wish to voluntarily incorporate. This consists, firstly, of evaluating the quality of these reports so that solely those which have actually met certain technical quality-related requirements will be included for the purpose of incorporating them into the single database, which will enable all those persons involved to be compared for verifying the existence of genetic compatibilities which may at least serve as an indication as to having encountered a biological family relationship.
The National Commission for the Forensic Use of DNA (CNUFADN) approved a document in 2012 titled “Recommendations on the Genetic Identification Studies in the Case of Unlawful Associations and Abduction of Newborns”, general recommendations for assuring the quality and reliability of the genetic identification studies in the case of unlawful adoptions and abductions of newborns in the search for compatibilities among living individuals by means of a DNA database. These recommendations include screening and taking reference samples, genetic analysis and accreditation of laboratories, recordkeeping and DNA database searches, as well as criteria for interpreting and reporting the genetic compatibilities.
For further details concerning the DNA database for searching for family members or any aspect related to this subject, please contact GENOMICA.
DNA footprinting through GENOMICA: 120€.
DNA footprinting through a collaborating center: 135€.