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April 23, 2012|by Kara Sewell | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — At the downtown SRS building Sarah Delgado's work goes beyond her old desk job.

Gloves, swabs and pictures are now integrated into the SRS paternity establishment unit.

SRS slowly began certifying employees to perform paternity tests two years ago. It sped up confirmation of a child's father so quickly that in the last six months nearly two dozen of its staff are now trained.

Supervisor Wendy Boatright says, "When you make that legal link between the father and the child then you can get a child support order where the father will be supporting that child."

She adds if both parents are taking care of the child then they become less dependent on resources offered by the state.

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Now that SRS employees are certified to do paternity testing they can do it five days a week and it only takes about fifteen minutes.

Years ago only LabCorp employees could do the testing and they only came to the downtown SRS office twice a month.

Often times those two dates were completely booked now Boatright says clients can come in around their work schedule or even on their lunch hour and have the results back in four weeks.

Providing closure to families who want it and their children with a more secure future.

Each paternity test case is handled by just one SRS employee.

All tests are sent and processed through LabCorp.

SRS slowly began certifying employees to perform paternity tests two years ago.
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