What Rights Does the Birth Father Have?

What Rights Does the Birth Father Have?

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         This is a great question with a multifaceted answer. There are two things to consider- ethics, and the letter of the law. In an ethical adoption, a birth father should have the same rights as a birth mother. The child is his biologically, and if he is able to be a fit parent, he should be allowed to do so. Many adoptions occur against the will of the biological father, and that isn't right. Here is a fantastic article about adoption laws and ethics regarding birth dads.

    https://adoption.com/why-birth-fathers-shouldnt-be-ignored-during-the-adoption-process

        As far as legality, birth father rights vary by state. In most states, the general guidelines are that an effort should be made to notify the father of the pregnancy and adoption plan. If the biological father is unknown or the mother doesn't know where he is, you can place an ad in the paper or a similar forum and that counts as notification. Ideally, a birth father should also sign adoption papers, but in many states he is not required to. In all states, biological fathers have the option to contest an adoption and try to gain custody. You can find out more information here https://adoption.com/considering-domestic-adoption-what-you-need-to-know-about-birth-father-rights and here https://adoption.com/wiki/Birth_Father_(Glossary)
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