Birth Fathers

Learn more about rights of the birth father.

A birth father, sometimes also called a “putative father,” is any person who claims to be the biological father or a possible biological father of a child, and whose paternity of the child has not been judicially determined.

If a birth father is unknown or his whereabouts are unknown, and if reasonable efforts to find him are unsuccessful, his parental rights may be terminated by publication of notice in a newspaper.

It is advisable for the birth father to be independently represented when his rights are going to be terminated. The adoptive couple will usually pay for his attorney unless he wants to contest the adoption.

Some states have a putative father registry. Men can register with this list if they want to be notified if they are named as a putative father.

If you would like to learn more about our adoption services, please give us a call at 605-339-3939.