Birth Father Rights

When it comes to adoption, many think of the pregnant birth mother and the adoptive family coming together to provide a wonderful life for the baby. However, there is another key component to any adoption story – the birth father. Just as any birth mother has her rights when it comes to choosing adoption, birth fathers also have birth father rights when it comes to the adoption of their child.

For Birth Mothers

Just as each person is unique, so is each adoption story. There is no "typical" birth mother - women who are single, married, college students, working professionals, women who are already parenting a child/children at home, women of all ages and all social and economic backgrounds choose adoption for their babies. This also includes women considering adoption where the birth father is supportive, unsupportive, involved or uninvolved in the adoption process.
Adoption laws, including birth mother and birth father rights, vary state by state.  It is important that birth parents choose a qualified adoption professional, such as a national adoption agency to help guide them through the adoption process and determine what birth father rights may apply.
If a birth mother believes the birth father may not be supportive of her adoption decision, she should speak with a qualified adoption professional about the situation. At American Adoptions, our specialists are fully trained on the adoption laws of each state and will work with to make sure that all necessary laws regarding an adoption are followed according to the applicable state's law. The Adoption Specialist will also be there to support the birth mom and her decision and will be on hand to help with any communication she may have with the birth father regarding the adoption decision. In many cases, fathers simply do not understand the adoption process. An Adoption Specialist can educate him about the adoption process and how he can work with the birth mother and her adoption journey, if he chooses.
If the birth father is supportive of the adoption, then the birth father is encouraged to be involved in the adoption plan – such as in choosing an adoptive family, providing support to the birth mother and even requesting pictures and letters or other ongoing communication after the adoptive placement, just as most birth mothers receive.
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For Adoptive Families

Many adoptive families find themselves confused and overwhelmed during the adoption process and often wonder about birth mother and birth father rights.
Adoption laws, including birth mother and birth father rights, vary state by state. It is important that adoptive families choose a qualified adoption professional, such as a national adoption agency to help guide them through the adoption process and determine what birth father rights may apply.
American Adoptions works with birth parents and adoptive families across the nation and is knowledgeable about the adoption laws for each state. American Adoptions also has a network of attorneys who specialize in adoption law, ensuring that each adoptive placement is finalized in full accordance of the law with regards to birth mother and birth father rights.
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