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What Is The Birth Father’s Role in an Adoption Plan?

June 30, 2021

When you’re ready to make a decision about adoption, the birth father’s role and his rights might not be the first thing on your mind.  These details can feel a little overwhelming, and we know you are simply trying to make the best decisions for you and your unborn child. It’s important to understand the birth father’s role in making an adoption plan so that you can be prepared for the different scenarios. 

Understand a Birth Father’s Rights in Your State

If you are able to locate the birth father, he does have a right to know about the adoption plan. If the birth father is unknown, there are processes in place to handle this situation from a legal perspective. Every state has different guidelines for birth fathers in the adoption process, so it’s important to check with a local adoption agency to understand the most updated information.

Consider Financial Implications

If he threatens to oppose your adoption plan, it may be helpful to have a third party (New Beginnings provides this service to our birthmothers) remind him that he will be financially responsible for the child if he opposes your adoption plan. In most states, he is required by the law to provide for you and for your needs during your pregnancy. This is usually a helpful piece of information for birth fathers to know as they learn about the different options ahead.

Find Third Party Support

Not sure how to navigate through this part of the adoption process? Our care team is available to support you via text at 662-507-1389 to discuss the birth father’s role in adoption. If you need help talking to the birth father, our team is happy to have those conversations for you. We are here to answer your questions so that you can feel equipped to make the best decisions possible for you and your unborn child.