What about the Birth Father?
It is important to know that the birth father, with the birth mother, also has a role in the adoption process, whether or not he is an active part of the adoption journey. Giving a baby up for adoption without the father’s consent requires special legal processes that vary depending on the state where the adoption is taking place. During the adoption process, the biological father of the baby may be referred to as the birth, alleged, presumed, reputed, or putative father.
Birth Father FAQ
What are my rights in her decision to choose adoption?
The laws about a father’s rights depend on what state you live in. In general, however, you have the right to know she’s making an adoption plan, the right to be a part of her adoption planning process, and the right to contest to the adoption if you don’t agree with it.
Can I help her pick a family for our baby?
Yes, totally! Adoption Choices encourages birth fathers to be involved in the adoption decision and we believe that you should have a say as well. We’ll show you adoptive families from all over the country, and from different backgrounds and races.
What is open adoption?
It’s a type of adoption where you and your baby’s mother can choose your baby’s adoptive parents, how much contact after the adoption, and what the hospital stay will be like. You can even meet with the adoptive parents before your baby is born. You can stay in touch with your baby’s adoptive parents after the placement, and get updates on your child. The contact can be through emails, photos, Facebook, and even in-person visits.
As an involved father, you’re able to be included in all the important, major decisions of the adoption even if you’re not still with your baby’s birth mother. You can help make this decision as smooth as possible by staying in communication.
Do I have to pay for anything?
If you’re making an adoption plan, the adoptive family you’ve selected can assist with any medical expenses not covered by the birth mother’s insurance. Once the adoption is completed, you are no longer responsible for child support. The adoptive family pays for the legal aspect of the adoption.
One of the most responsible things you can do is support the birth mother’s decision and adoption plans, whether or not you’re still together. Birth mothers normally choose adoption because they know it will give their baby a better life. Adoptive parents are financially stable and ready to give a child the love, home, and opportunities every child deserves.