Considering Birth Fathers: Ensuring Rights and Inclusion for Fathers Before Adoption Placement.
, No. 96 National Council for Adoption
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This brief explains birth fathers experience many of the same intense feelings birth mothers experience and reviews the rights of men in adoption. It notes many unmarried fathers have been left out of conversations around adoption and explains putative father registry laws that allow fathers to register within a State-specified time frame of a child’s birth to ensure participation in decisions that impacting the child. It explains registries seek to stabilize the adoption process to ensure that when an adoption takes place, a legal mechanism is in place for fathers to exercise their rights. The role of adoption professionals in proactively offering services and support to fathers in similar ways as they do to mothers is discussed, and recommendations are made for fathers, professionals, mothers, and adoptive parents. 10 references.
adopted children; birth fathers; adoption agencies; consent to adoption; father involvement; putative father registries; fathers rights