Getting A DNA Swab For Your Kids

While we were out at the Robbinsdale Fire & Police open house yesterday, we saw a Sheriff doing free DNA swabs for the kids.

I was totally intrigued and asked the Sheriff about it. He said that they were doing it so that parents could have a known sample of DNA of their children in case the worst ever happens and they need it for the police during a crime investigation.

As much as I hate to think of that ever happening, it makes sense. So I asked if he could take a sample for Levi. It was a super simple process – the Sheriff quickly prepped by putting on gloves and opening his sealed swabs.

Prepping for DNA sample

Levi was a champ and opened up so he could get a good sample from inside his cheek.


The swab was put into a holder, which went into an envelope with Levi’s name and date of birth. The envelope was sealed, and we were able to bring it home with us right away.

Storing the DNA sample

One of the things the Sheriff mentioned was to keep it stored in a cool, dry place. He also said we should NOT put it in a Ziploc bag or anything airtight, because that could cause the sample to mold or degrade. We put it in our safe when we got home.

I have to say, I was really impressed with the rest of the event, too. Besides having fire trucks and ambulances for the kids to check out, they also had cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, and several city organizations had tables set up to learn more about them.

They even had a giant inflatable fire truck slide for the kids to play on.

Giant Firetruck Slide

I think Robbinsdale has the best police cars, so it was fun to be able to look inside and check one out. Especially since I was sitting in the back seat by choice for a change 🙂 (Just kidding. Kinda.)

Robbinsdale Police Charger

Jason was excited to see the S.W.A.T. team there with some of their weapons on display. Of course, he didn’t realize I was snapping a photo, lol.

West Metro SWAT

We ended our trip by grabbing a neighborhood crime prevention sign to put up in our yard.

Neighborhood Watch Sign

Thanks Robbinsdale Fire and Police staff for all that you do!


  1. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    Looks like a wonderful community event. We have something similar here but I didn’t get to sit in a police car! I did get to sit in the back of a tank though – that was pretty cool! It’s never crossed my mind to get a DNA swab – but I can see why it would be important – scary thought though.

  2. That looks like it was a great time. Now I know what a DNA swab is if I see a booth sometime, thanks for the information.

  3. Great information! I think having a DNA swab is great, it should be done in all towns, especially the way things are now.

  4. Wow what a great event and good idea (for the lack of words) about the DNA sample. I mean of course no one wants to even think about the worse things happening, especially to their children, but to be prepared is something you’ll never regret doing. Thanks for a great post.

  5. I wish they did things like this near me

  6. As eerie as it is to think about what the DNA swab is for, it is still a good idea to do. And what a great community outreach!

  7. I think that this is a very good thing to do by getting a child’s DNA so that in case anything happens, it will be on file! I think that it was so nice that they made it a good experience for the kids! Looks like Levi had a great time!

  8. Tiffany Kinney says:

    I’ve never done this for my kids but its a great idea!

  9. I remember when I was the young the police would come in to take finger prints. I had no idea they did DNA samples now. Very cool!

  10. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This looks like it was both fun and a worthwhile event. Our fire department has had similar events.

  11. That looks like an all-around awesome event. I’d love to see something like that around here!

  12. Jessica P. says:

    That’s a really smart idea! My parents had a fingerprinting kit for us when we were younger, but never did DNA. You’d certainly hope to never need it, but it would be a relief to be more prepared in case anything did happen.

  13. Theresa Reed says:

    This is a great ideal. To take a swab of your child cheek to get their DNA is awesome.

  14. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I know it is for good reasons but it just makes me shiver…I have always said that the worst thing that could ever happen to a person is to lose their child(ren).I am always amazed when I meet people that have lost children and they are able to function. I am sure it would do me in. Let anything happen to me, I’ll take it but not my children. I don’t think I could recover from it and it is my greatest fear. That being said, if the DNA swabbing was offered to me, I would probably do it, but just the mere thought brings on anxiety. My anxiety aside, it looks like you live in a wonderful, caring community which is awesome!

  15. Karen Hand says:

    What a great idea! I support this DNA sampling 100 percent., When my children were little, the school had an identification program, which consisted of their picture, description and fingerprints. The DNA sampling takes this one step further. One can never be to safe when it comes to the protection of their children. In my humble opinion, the worst fear a parent can fathom, if their child is taken, is not knowing whether their child is alive or has died. The DNA sampling would be able to confirm identity and might bring some closure to those parents who have had children pass away.

  16. Jessica Snow says:

    I’m so glad to hear that they’re doing this. This is a smart idea. I hope to see this in my area soon. Thanks for posting this. =)

  17. That looks like an awesome event. Wish they had something like that near us.

  18. ana baltazar says:

    What a great community outreach. I wish our area does that too.

  19. ana baltazar says:

    What a great community outreach. I wish my area does that too.

  20. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    I think it is a great idea to dna swap children for that very reason. When I was younger, our classes did fingerprinting but never dna swaps. I wish this was regularly done in kindergarten.

  21. Wow – I’d never heard of DNA swabbing kids before. I can see why it would be a good idea but I don’t even want to entertain the possibility of that happening to my family!

  22. Cindy Merrill says:

    I’ll have to mention this to my husband- we have 3 grandkids and a DNA swab makes sense!

  23. Looks like a wonderful community event.

  24. amanda roahc says:

    thats awsome!!

  25. Ambrielle Bender says:

    Awesome event. But scary to think we have todo this kind of thing these days 🙁

  26. This is an excellent project…keeping a DNA sample of our kids is just another way of keeping them safe.

  27. I am glad you were able to store the dna sample. Otherwise I would have privacy issues.

  28. tiffany dover says:

    wow! this is awesome. I wish our city did something like this!!

  29. while I do support the idea of keeping a dna sample of your children on file as a precaution. The amount of general paranoia surrounding children these days is more then a bit extreme, Contrary to what people seem to think the greatest dangers to children are not from stranger danger. Most child abductions are done by family members not strangers, the same goes for all forms of abuse. The greatest danger to children comes from inside the home.
    We teach our children to be fearful of the world and the world becomes a more fearful place. Take precautions for the same reason that you buy flood insurance but be calm, relax, The world has it’s dangers but don’t please focus on the danger and lose the joy.

  30. Lindsay Lee says:

    Wow what a neat idea! I would love to get these for my kids as well. I will have to talk to my local police department to see if I can get these done for them. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

  31. Kelly King says:

    Looks like a great thing for the community. I wish our police and fire dept. would do that where I live.

  32. How fun! Our city got a new fire station and police station, and I was hoping they would have an open house. They never did, unless we missed it. Luckily we’ve been able to bring Carter inside to see the fire trucks a few times after a trip to the park behind the station. The firefighters for our city are very eager to get little ones into the station when they see them outside. 🙂

  33. Julie Keyworth says:

    I really like that idea….it is very smart! I should do that for my kids…

  34. Toni Porter says:

    I was (am) a Type 1 (juvenile-onset) diabetic child; my mom never had to worry about having my DNA on hand. Because of all my fingersticks, little bits of blood were on Q-tips all over house. I’m sure she didn’t see it as backup in case of tragedy, but it certainly would’ve worked just as well.

  35. Madeleine says:

    what a good idea!

  36. kristen byler says:

    i love this. want one to happen around here. thanks for sharing.

  37. Elizabeth Bottarro says:

    This is awesome to have…it would be nice if they would do that here!

  38. I have heard of some parents taking used bandaids and storing those for DNA purposes, from their kids. I think the DNA swab is an excellent idea. If we ever end up with kids this is something I will definitely do. And hopefully it’ll be done at an awesome event like what you had!


  40. That is a great idea! I remember when my kids where young, they had a fingerprinting kit, with their picture on it.

  41. what a wonderful idea everyone should do this

  42. I really enjoyed reading and learning a little more about DNA sampling-it’s such a quick and easy process that I would hope that every parent would have it done and your little boy was such a trooper -he could be a voice for other children in and out of school and for parents too put the word out there that this is available not to mention you had lots of other fun afterwards.Thanks for sharing.

  43. Interesting, and I wonder if I’ll start seeing that in Canada where I live too.

    I agree about the police cars! So much nicer than what you usually see.

  44. You are funny! & this is soo cool. My son loves these events. We got his fingerprint done and call me paranoid or pessimistic but I didn’t want to at 1st b/c I thought the police would keep the print record & I just want my son “off the grid” so to speak, w/ no “record”. It wasn’t & I felt very proactive in protecting and having a way to help my kid (if neces.). You are helping me focus on the more positives. “Cops are not the bad guy”s- they are part of our team & I am glad my son adores & respects firemen, cops, soldiers, etc. (Good post–i’m gonna look into the dna swabs now.)

  45. Crystal Irvin says:

    I’ve never done dna but i’ve done finger printing

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