Question by  gshort6228aolcom (30)

If there are no paternity rights do I need consent to have the child adopted?

I would like to place my baby up for adoption, will I need consent.


Answer by  PercivalWMadison (18)

Here, we have to assume that "consent" means consent of the other person who has the status of parent or legal guardian. Without the consent from such a person, the right to offer a legal infant for adoption by another is substantially nil. The United States has strong, pro-parent laws in every state that effect this purpose. So, certainly, yes.


Answer by  bubbyboy (9929)

In most states you do. The father will be approached to "sign away" all of his paternal rights. If both paternal and maternal rights aren't given up, either party could come around even after the adoption and claim the child.


Answer by  bobdobbs (100)

If you do not have paternity rights you are in no position to seek adoption for the child. That decision is legally reserved for those with the legal rights of parents. In this case more than mere consent by the parent would be necessary: you would need to have the legal authority to make such a decision.


Answer by  Mary (2095)

Have the rights been legally terminated by a court judgment? If the answer is no, and the parent has just given up those rights, then it is very likely that you will need consent.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

If the father has relinquished his rights voluntarily or had them terminated (such as in the case of rape), you do not need his permission to give up the child.


Answer by  Rose (6804)

If you know who the father of the baby is then yes you do need consent from the father in order to place the child for adoption.


Answer by  lgk (2426)

In most states they allow you to notate if the father has rights to the child or not. Check with your local court system to see what the procedure is for your area. They may make you do a punitive father search just to clarify he is not looking.


Answer by  Dean (4035)

The agency with which you work can give you details of the legalities. If you know who the father is, the father has a right to be informed and must agree to the adoption. If you conceal information about paternity and the father is made aware later on, he can contest the adoption.

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