Your Guide to Birth Father Rights in Mississippi
Completing a Mississippi Adoption With or Without His Consent
Some pregnant women who are considering adoption in MS are creating their adoption plan with the full support and involvement of the birth father. Other women, however, may be in situations where the birth father is absent, unsupportive, or unknown. In these situations, women often wonder if they can choose an adoption without the father’s involvement in Mississippi.
Some of the most frequently asked questions about birth father rights in Mississippi include:
“Can I give my baby up for adoption without the father’s consent in MS?”
“Can I pursue adoption when the father is unknown in MS?”
“Does the birth father have to agree to adoption if I want to place my child?”
You can receive answers to these questions and learn more about birth father rights in Mississippi by calling 1-800-ADOPTION or requesting free adoption information online. Remember that only an adoption professional can accurately answer your questions about the birth father; situations vary on a case-by-case basis, and this article is not intended as legal advice.
In the meantime, read on for an overview of birth father rights in MS:
What Your Relationship Status Has to Do With Your Adoption Plan
Birth mothers who have successfully placed a child for adoption with American Adoptions have had all different kinds of relationships with the biological fathers of their babies. No matter what kind of relationship you previously had or currently have with your baby’s father, you may still be able to choose adoption in Mississippi.
However, the unique relationship that you have with your baby’s birth father will influence how you and your American Adoptions specialist will move forward with your adoption plan.
We’ve worked with birth mothers who were:
Married to the father of the baby they placed for adoption in Mississippi
Happily in a relationship with the baby’s birth father
Raising older children, who may or may not have shared a father
On good terms with the father of the baby they placed for adoption, although not in a relationship with him
In a toxic relationship with baby’s birth father, which may have been one of the reasons why they chose adoption for their baby
Not sure of who or where the baby’s father was
Birth mothers and birth fathers are all different and can be in any type of relationship.
Choosing adoption may still be an option for you, but the relationship you share with your baby’s birth father may affect some elements of the Mississippi adoption process. So call us now at 1-800-ADOPTION to talk to an adoption specialist about your individual situation, and we’ll talk about what options are available to you.
Adoption Without Parental Consent of the Father in Mississippi
Although many birth fathers are jointly involved in the Mississippi adoption process with the birth mother, there are some birth fathers that have been uninvolved or unsupportive in the process, or the birth mother was unsure of who or where they were. This can be a worry for pregnant women who are considering adoption.
Call 1-800-ADOPTION if you believe that a Mississippi adoption without the father’s involvement might be necessary in your situation. An adoption specialist will be able to talk to you about what options are legally possible in your individual circumstances.
While adoption without parental consent in Mississippi is a possibility in some circumstances, it depends on the details of the situation. So call us now to explain what’s going on and we’ll work together to discuss your next steps.
Rights as a Birth Father in Mississippi
As a birth father, you hold an important role in the Mississippi adoption process, but you can also hold an important role in your child’s life, if you and the birth mother choose to have an open adoption.
Here’s what you need to know about your basic birth father rights in adoption and the role you can play in your child’s life:
If you consent to adoption and want to be involved in the adoption process:
You can work with the birth mother to create the adoption plan for your child. Or, you can call 1-800-ADOPTION and create a birth father adoption plan. The MS adoption planning process includes the selection of an adoptive family with the birth mother, determining how much post-adoption contact you wish to have with your child and more.
If you disagree with the mother’s wishes to place a child for adoption:
If you choose not to support the birth mother’s Mississippi adoption decision, there are a number of specific legal steps you’ll need to take in court in order to contest the adoption. Contact an adoption attorney to learn more.
The relationship between a birth mother and birth father is always unique, and so each adoption is equally unique. To learn more about what’s possible in your personal situation and to learn more about birth father rights in Mississippi adoptions, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION now.
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