A man who has fathered a child with a woman he is not married to.
The Responsible Father Registry gives a man who has fathered a child with a woman he is not married to the right to be notified when an adoption or a termination of parental rights action occurs.
A putative father may register before or after the birth of the child. A registration is not valid if it is filed after a complaint for termination of parental rights or adoption is filed in court.
Any man who thinks he is the father of a child by a woman he is not married to may register.
There is NO fee associated with registering.
The Registry is checked by attorneys when they file adoptions and termination of parental rights cases. By registering, the putative father gains the right to receive notice of these court proceedings.
If a putative father does not register, he may lose his right to object to termination of his rights or to adoption of the child.
The registry is NOT used to enforce child support payments.
By registering as a putative father, a father insures his rights to receive notice of court actions for termination of his parental rights and for adoption of the child.
Putative fathers who have questions and want to know about their legal rights should contact an attorney for advice.
Even if they do not register, the unmarried biological fathers described below have not waived their right to notice of adoption proceedings:
Even if they do not register, these unmarried biological fathers have not waived their right to notice of termination of parental rights proceedings:
If you are not sure whether you fit in one of these categories, register!
Fathers may register online by visiting the Responsible Father Registry website , or by sending an application by mail.
After a father registers with the Responsible Father Registry, he must notify the Registry of address changes. If he does not notify the Registry of his change of address, the father loses his right to receive notice through The Responsible Father Registry.