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Birth Father Rights

Be Honest About The Birth Father

Learning that you’re pregnant when you aren’t ready to parent can bring many emotions. One concern you may have regarding the pregnancy is sharing the news with the birth father. While you may be tempted to hide the pregnancy from the birth father and conceal the father’s identity during the adoption process, this may be a mistake. Here are several reasons why honesty is important when it comes to t...
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Meaning of “Alleged Father” and Why It Matters

It is important to understand how the law defines each potential father. In adoption, not all fathers are created equally: an “alleged father” does not have an automatic right to custody. He is generally someone who is not married to the birth mother.  The birth mother may believe the alleged father is or possibly could be the child’s natural father. Every alleged father is entitled to official notice that he is alle...
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What Are My Rights in Open Adoption?

  Adoption laws vary from state to state and so do birth parent rights.  Below are just a few of the universal rights in open adoption that are either misunderstood or not commonly known. Right to counseling Many states require at least one counseling session prior to a birth parent signing consent paperwork to an adoption.  This is typically done with an experienced social worker who specializes in adoption and...
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Adoption Questions: What about the Birth Father?

  The laws governing birth father rights vary from state to state.  This article is a general overview of birth father’s rights in an adoption proceeding. What rights does a birth father have in an adoption proceeding? A birth father’s rights will depend on whether he is considered a legal father or an alleged (or putative father) under state law.  In every adoption, all birth father rights must be termin...
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