Adopting a child is one of the most loving things a person can do because it is providing a child with a home and loving family. At Kroener Hale law firm, we handle many adoption cases, both for adoptive families and fathers trying to assert parental rights. If you are a father who is afraid his child may be put up for adoption without your consent, then it may help to learn about the Ohio Putative Father Registry.

This registry is a database where you can register your name if you believe you are the father of a child whose mother may put him or her up for adoption. Every adoption is run through this registry to check for a father. It is mainly used to prevent babies from being put up for adoption without the consent of the biological father. If a match is found, you are notified and can then pursue your paternal rights.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the agency that maintains the registry, it is available to any male adult or minor who believes he has fathered a child born within the last 15 days or a child who has not yet been born. The 15-day limit is put in place to prevent the adoption from occurring without the father being notified. In addition, to be a putative father, you should not have paternity already established in court or acknowledged paternity in an affidavit. Furthermore, you should not have been married to the mother when the child was born.

This is a free service, but it does require filling out an application. The application must provide substantial information to prove a claim of paternity. This information includes personal details, such as name, address and phone number, the expected or actual birth date and gender of the child, the mother’s name, social security numbers, if known, and any additional details about the mother, such as an address. To learn more about adoptions, see our website.