PUTATIVE FATHERS
STATE REGISTRY REGISTRY/PATERNITY REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE NOTICE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN REGISTRY/CLAIM REVOCATION OF INFORMATION ACCESS TO INFORMATION
ALABAMA Y § 26-10C-1
• May file prior to child's birth or within 30 days of birth.
• Complete Dept. of Human Resources form signed by putative father and notarized.
§ 26-10C-1(a)
• Name, social security number, date of birth and address of any person adjudicated by a court to be the father, and any person who has filed with the registry.
§ 26-10C-1(d)
• Putative father may at any time revoke a notice of intent to claim paternity.
§ 26-10C-1(f)
• Sent to court handling adoption.
• Any court upon request.
• Any person upon a court order for good cause.
ALASKA N § 25.23.100
• Putative father entitled to receive notice of adoption proceedings.
• A reasonable investigation is made to assure that all persons entitled to notice are located and given notice of the adoption proceedings.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
AMERICAN SAMOA N Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
ARIZONA Y § 8-106.01(A)(B)
• May file prior to child's birth or within 30 days of birth.
• Complete Dept. of Health Services form signed by putative father.
§ 8-106.01(B)
• Name and address of putative father and birth mother.
• Child's birth date or probable month and year of expected birth.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. § 8-106.01(B)
• The court.
• The Division.
• A licensed adoption agency or licensed attorney participating or assisting in a direct placement adoption.
ARKANSAS Y § 20-18-702
• May file prior to child's birth or at anytime prior to the filing of a petition for adoption.
• Complete Dept. of Health form signed and acknowledged by putative father and notarized.
§ 9-9-224
• When information is contained in the registry at the time of the filing of the adoption petition, a copy of the petition is served on the registrant.
§ 20-18-702
• Name, address and social security number of birth mother, and any person who claims to be the father.
• If born, child's name, and date and location of birth if known.
§ 20-18-703
• Putative father must submit a signed and notarized statement that, to the best of his knowledge, he is not the father.
• Revocation only effective after child's birth.
§ 20-18-704
• Birth mother.
• Child.
• Registrant.
• Dept. of Human Services.
• Arkansas courts.
• Attorneys.
• Office of Child Support Enforcement.
CALIFORNIA N Fam. Code § 7662
• Must bring an action declaring the existence of a father child relationship within 30 days of service of the notice of adoption proceedings or the birth of the child, whichever is later.
Fam. Code § 7663
• To identify the natural father, the court shall cause inquiry to be made of the birth mother and any other appropriate person.
Fam. Code § 7666
• Notice given at least 10 days prior to a proceeding to every person identified as the natural father or a possible natural father.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
COLORADO N § 19-5-105(2), (3), (5)
• To identify a birth parent, the court shall cause inquiry to be made of the known parent and any other appropriate person.
• Must file a paternity action within 30 days after the child's birth or within 30 days after receiving notice that is or likely is the father.
• Must file an answer within 30 days after service of notice of termination proceedings.
• Notice of termination proceedings is given to every person identified as a birth parent or possible birth parent.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
CONNECTICUT N § 46b-172a
• May file at any time but no later than 60 days after date of notice of termination proceedings.
• Complete form provided by probate court.
§ 45a-716
Notice of termination proceeding given if:
• Adjudicated the father.
• Acknowledged in writing to be the father.
• Contributed regularly to the child's support.
• Name on birth certificate.
• Filed claim for paternity.
• Named in the petition as the father.
§ 46b-172a
• Name and address of putative father and birth mother.
• Month and year of birth or expected birth.
§ 172(2)
• Mother and acknowledged father have a right to rescind his acknowledgement of paternity in writing within 60 days prior to an order of support. An acknowledgement may be challenged after 60 days only on the basis of fraud, duress or mistake.
§ 46b-172a
• Sent to birth mother or prospective mother.
DELAWARE N Tit. 13 § 1107 A
• Must respond to the petitioning agency within 20 days of receiving notice of intention to file termination petition.
• Notice sent to parent or parents, person or persons, or organization holding parental rights at their last known address or to address recited in petition.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA N §§ 16-2357; 16-304
• Notice of termination proceeding is given. Both parents or court appointed guardian or licensed agency.
§ 16-2359
• If parent is given proper notice and does not appear at the hearing, judge may proceed without him/her.
§ 16-304(d)
• When a parent cannot be located, or has abandoned the prospective adoptee and voluntarily failed to contribute to his support for a period of at least six months next preceding the date of the filing of the petition, notice is not required.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
FLORIDA N § 63.062(d)
• Putative father must acknowledge in writing, signed in the presence of a competent witness, that he is the father.
§ 39.803
• If the identity or location of a parent is unknown and a petition for termination of rights is filed, the court will conduct an inquiry. If a prospective parent is identified, he may complete a sworn affidavit of parenthood, which must be filed no later than at the time of or prior to the adjudicatory hearing in the termination proceeding.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
GEORGIA Y § 19-11-9(d)(2)
• May acknowledge paternity before or after birth in a signed writing, or indicate the possibility of paternity without acknowledging paternity.
15-11-96
• Must file a petition to legitimate the child within 30 days of receipt of notice of termination proceedings.
• Notice of termination proceeding given if:     - Putative father's identity is known to petitioner or attorney.
    - Registrant on the putative father registry; lived with the child; contributed to child's support; made any attempt to legitimate child; or provided support or medical care for mother.
§ 19-11-9(d)(1)
• Name, address, and social security number of biological, but not legal father.
• Date of registration.
§ 19-11-9(d)(4)
• Voluntary acknowledgement of paternity may be rescinded.
§ 19-11-9(e)
• Governmental department, bureau, board, commission, agency or political subdivision of any State.
• The Department.
• Licensed child-placing agency.
• Member of the Georgia Bar.
GUAM N Tit. 19 § 13306
• Any legal parent, natural parent or other persons who are to be parties of termination proceedings are entitled to notice.
• Must attend proceedings or rights will be terminated.
Tit. 19 § 5119
• If mother's rights are to be terminated, putative father entitled to notice, if known, and an opportunity to be heard with respect to his relationship with child.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
HAWAII N § 584-6(a)(1)
• Must file within 30 days after child's birth if mother relinquishes child for adoption; or
• Any time prior to the date of execution by the mother of a valid consent to child's adoption, or prior to placement of the child with adoptive parents, but no later than 3 years after child reaches the age of majority.
§ 571-61(b)
• If the court finds that good cause exists why notice should not be given, and that the father is neither the legal nor adjudicated nor presumed father, nor has he demonstrated a reasonable degree of interest, concern, or responsibility, the court may terminate rights without notice to the father.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
IDAHO Y § 16-1513(1), (2)
• 1(e) May be filed prior to child's birth, but must be filed prior to placement or the commencement of any proceeding to terminate the parental rights of the birth mother whichever occurs first
• Complete Dept. of Health and Welfare, Vital Statistics Unit form signed by putative father and notarized.
§ 16-1513(2)
• Name and address of putative father and birth mother.
• Child's birthdate or probable month and year of expected birth.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. § 16-1513(6)
• Identities of putative fathers can only be released pursuant to procedures contained in Ch. 3, title 9, Idaho Code.
ILLINOIS Y 750 ILCS 50/12.1(b)
• May register before birth of child, but no later than 30 days after birth.
• Must be in writing and signed by putative father.
750 ILCS 50/12.1(a)
• Name, address, social security number and date of birth of putative father and birth mother.
• Name, gender, place of birth, and date of birth or anticipated date of birth of child.
• Date the Dept. of Children and Family Services received the putative father's registration.
• Other necessary information.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. 750 ILCS 50/12.1(c)
• Prospective adoptive parents.
• Birth mother.
• Child welfare agency.
• Attorney representing a party.
INDIANA Y § 31-19-5-12
• May file before the child's birth, or within 30 days after the birth, or the date of the filing of a petition for the child's adoption, whichever occurs later.
§ 31-19-5-10
• Complete Dept. of Health form signed by putative father and notarized.
§ 31-19-5-7
• Name, address, social security number, and date of birth of putative father and birth mother.
• Child's name and date of birth.
• Date registration received.
• Name of attorney or agency that requests a search of the registry.
• Any other information deemed necessary.
§ 31-19-5-19
• May revoke a registration at any time by submitting a signed, notarized statement.
§ 31-19-5-21
• Registrant.
• Birth mother.
• Child.
• Any party or attorney in pending adoption.
• Attorney who represents prospective parents.
• Licensed child placing agency.
• Court that presides over pending adoption.
IOWA Y § 144.12A(2)(a)
• May file prior to the child's birth, but no later than the date of the filing of the petition for termination of rights.
§ 144.12A(2)(a)
• Name, address, social security number, and any other identifying information requested of putative father.
§ 144.12A(5)
• Information may be revoked by submission of a written statement signed and acknowledged by putative father and notarized.
• Effective only after child's birth.
§ 144.12A(3)(4)
• Sent to birth mother.
• Court.
• Department of Human Services.
• Attorney.
• Child Support Recovery Unit.
• Any other person upon order of the court for good cause shown.
KANSAS N § 59-2136
• Notice of termination proceeding given to every person identified as the father or possible father.
• Court will determine if any man has formally or informally acknowledged or declared possible paternity.
• If putative father fails to appear or if appearing, fails to claim custodial rights, parental rights shall be terminated. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
KENTUCKY N § 625.065
• Putative father is made a party and is brought before the court in the same manner as any other party to a termination action if, prior to final order in termination proceeding, he acknowledges the child as his own by asserting paternity in the action or to the custodial agency or the party bringing the action within 60 days after the child's birth. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
LOUISIANA Y § 9:400
• May file before or after the child's birth.
• Complete Dept. of Health and Hospitals, Office of Preventive and Public Health Services, form.
Ch. Code art. 1133
• Notice of the filing of a mother's surrender of child is given to putative father.
Ch. Code art. 1137(A)
• Putative father may oppose adoption by filing a declaration of intention, which must be filed within 15 days after served with notice of surrender, or from the time he was served with notice of adoption (if no surrender filed or executed).
§ 9:400 (A)(3)
• Names and addresses of any person:
    - adjudicated by court to be the father.
    - who filed with registry a declaration to claim paternity.
    - who filed with registry an acknowledgment by authentic act.
    - who filed with registry a legitimation by authentic act.
    - who filed with registry a judgment of filiation rendered by court.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. § 9:400
• Any court.
• Authorized agency.
• Any person upon order of court for good cause shown.
MAINE N Tit. 18-A § 9-201(d)
• May file within 20 days after notice of adoption proceedings is given or within a longer period of time as ordered by the judge. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
MARYLAND N Fam. Law §§ 5-322; 5-310
• Natural father entitled to notice of the filing of adoption petition.
• Father must acknowledge himself to be the father, orally or in writing, and natural mother must agree that he is the father.
• Must file notice of objection to adoption within the time stated in the show cause order.
Fam. Law § 5-322
• Reasonable efforts in good faith are made to locate natural father.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
MASSACHUSETTS N Ch. 210 § 4A
• Notice of adoption proceedings is given to father who has filed a parental responsibility claim.
• Complete Dept. of Social Services form.
• Within 30 days of notice concerning child's adoption, must file a petition for adoption or custody of child.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Ch. 210 § 4A
• Sent to birth mother.
MICHIGAN N § 710.33(1)
• Must file, under oath, before child's birth a verified notice.
• Complete Dept. of Public Health form.
§ 710.34(1)
• Birth mother may file an ex parte petition which requests the court to notify the putative father about his rights to file a notice to claim paternity.
§ 710.33(1)
• Name and address of putative father and birth mother.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. § 710.33(1)
• Sent to birth mother.
MINNESOTA Y § 259.49(1)(b)
• Must file paternity action within 30 days after the child's birth, or
• If registered and after receiving a father's adoption registry notice, must initiated a paternity action within 30 days.
§ 259.52)(1)(b)
• Name, address, social security number, and date of birth of putative father and birth mother.
• If applicable, certified copy of court order adjudicating putative father to be the father.
• Child's name, gender, place of birth or anticipated date of birth.
• Registration date.
• Other information deemed necessary.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. § 259.52(1)(c)
• Sent to birth mother.
MISSISSIPPI N § 93-17-5
• In the case of a child born out of wedlock, the father shall not be deemed to be a parent for the purpose of consent/notice.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
MISSOURI Y § 453.030
• May file prior to the child's birth or within 15 days after the child's birth a notice of intent to claim paternity or an acknowledgement of paternity.
§ 192.016
• Complete Dept. of Health form.
§ 192.016
• Name and address of any person adjudicated by a court to be the father and who has filed with the registry before or after the child's birth.
§ 192.016(4)
• May at anytime revoke a notice of intent to claim paternity.
§ 192.016(6)
• Any court.
• Authorized agency.
• Any other person upon court order for good cause shown.
453.014
• Dept. of Social Services, Division of Family Services.
• Child placing agency.
• Child's parents.
• An intermediary (attorney, physician, or parents' clergyman).
MONTANA Y § 42-2-206
• May file prior to child's birth, but no later than 72 hours after birth.
42-2-205(3)
• Complete Department form or submit statement with required information signed by putative father and notarized.
§ 42-2-205(1)
• Name, address, social security number, date of birth of putative father and birth mother.
• Putative father's tribal affiliation.
• Child's name and place of birth if known, or approximate date and location of possible conception and expected delivery date.
42-2-215
• Date of registration.
• Name and affiliation of person requesting registry information.
• Other information deemed necessary.
§ 42-2-223
• Unless support order issued, putative father may revoke registration at any time by submitting a signed, notarized statement.
§ 42-2-217(1)
• Department.
• Adoption agency.
• Prospective adoptive parents or their attorney.
• Any woman who is the subject of a registration.
NEBRASKA Y
(biological father registry)
§ 43-104.02
• May file within 5 business days after the child's birth, or within 5 business days after receipt of notice of adoption proceedings, or within 5 business days after the last date of any published notice whichever is later.
• Complete Dept. of Health and Human Services Finance and Support form.
§ 43-104.01(1)
• Names and addresses of:
    - any person adjudicated by a court to be the father.
    - any person who has filed with registry, prior to notification, a paternity claim.
    - any person who has filed with registry a notice of intent to claim paternity and obtain custody.
§ 43-104.01(3)
• Putative father may revoke a paternity claim for notification purposes or a notice of intent to claim paternity and obtain custody.
§ 43-104.01(5)
• Dept. of Correctional Services.
• Dept. of Health and Human Services.
• Dept. of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure.
§ 43-104.01(4)
• Any person authorized by law or upon court order for good cause shown.
NEVADA N § 128.085
• The putative father, if known, is served with notice of termination proceedings. The hearing is not held until the child's birth or 6 months after the filing of the petition, whichever is later.
§ 128.150
• He must appear at the proceeding and claim custodial rights.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
NEW
HAMPSHIRE
N § 170-B:5-a(I)
• May file before child's birth, prior to mother's rights being voluntarily relinquished, mother consenting to an adoption, or rights involuntarily terminated.
• Complete Office of Child Support and Enforcement form.
170-B:5-a(II)
• Putative father has 30 days from date of notice to request a hearing to prove that he is the father.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
NEW JERSEY N §§ 9:3-45; 9:3-45.1
• May file written objections within 20 days of receipt of notice of adoption proceedings in the case of a resident and 35 days if a nonresident.
• Putative father entitled to notice if:
    - within 120 days of child's birth or prior to date of preliminary hearing (whichever occurs first) he has acknowledged paternity by amending the birth certificate or has filed a paternity action in court.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
NEW MEXICO Y § 32A-5-20(B)(2)
• May file a notice of intent to claim paternity before or after child's birth.
§ 32A-5-20(B)
• Name and address of any person adjudicated by court to be the father, any person who filed paternity claim or an instrument acknowledging paternity.
§ 32A-5-20(E)
• May at anytime revoke a notice of intent to claim paternity.
§ 32A-5-20(H)
• Any court.
• Dept. of Health.
• Petitioner's attorney.
• An agency.
• Birth mother.
• Any other person upon court order for good cause.
NEW YORK Y Soc. Serv. Law § 372-c(1)
• May file an intent to claim paternity prior to or after child's birth.
Dom. Rel. § 111-a(2)
• Notice is given if unrevoked notice of intent to claim paternity of the child is filed timely or if an instrument acknowledging paternity was filed.
Dom. Rel. § 111-a(6)
• Must appear at the adoption hearing to demonstrate an interest in the child.
Soc. Serv. Law § 372-c(1)
• Names and addresses of any person:
    - adjudicated by a court to be the father.
    - who has filed with the registry a notice of intent to claim paternity or an instrument acknowledging paternity.
Soc. Serv. Law § 372-c(3)
• May at anytime revoke a notice of intent to claim paternity.
Soc. Serv. Law § 372- c(5)
• Any court.
• Authorized agency.
• Any other person upon a court order for good cause shown.
NORTH
CAROLINA
N § 48-2-206(a), (c)
• Must file within 15 days of receiving notice of the mother's intent to place child for adoption that you believe your consent is required. If fail to respond, not entitled to notice of adoption proceedings.
§ 48-2-401
• Must file a response to an adoption petition within 30 days after service of notice.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
NORTH
DAKOTA
N § 14-17-23
• If mother relinquishes or proposes to relinquish child for adoption, father given notice if:
    - he is a presumed father.
    - he is a father whose relationship to the child has been determined by a court.
    - he is a father as to whom the child is a legitimate child under law.
§ 14-17-24
• To identify the natural father (if need be), the court will cause an inquiry to be made. If natural father(s) is identified to the court's satisfaction, he is given notice of termination proceedings.
• Natural father must appear and claim custodial rights.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS N Tit. 8 §§ 1404; 1405
• Natural father given notice of adoption proceedings if he has demonstrated a reasonable degree of interest, concern or responsibility as to the welfare of a child, either:     - during the first 30 days after child's birth.
    - prior to the execution of a valid consent to adoption by the birth mother, or
    - prior to the placement of the child with adoptive parents, whichever period of time is greater.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
OHIO Y § 3107.062
• May file before child's birth, or within 30 days after the birth.
• Complete Dept. of Human Services form.
§ 3107.062
• Putative father's name, and address or phone number.
• Birth mother's name.
• Date of receipt of form.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
OKLAHOMA Y
(centralized paternity register)
§ 10-7503-3.1
• Before or after child's birth, putative father may receive a Notice of Plan for Adoption (mother is considering adoption). He must complete the enclosed form within 30 days from the date that the Plan for Adoption was served.
§ 10-7506-1.1(D)
• Name, address, social security number, and date of birth of putative father and birth mother.
• Putative father's tribal affiliation.
• Child's name, date and place of birth or probable month and year of expected birth.
• Date putative father registered.
• Name of attorney or child-placing agency requesting a search of the registry and the date of request.
• If registration based upon adjudication by court, the case number, court, date of order, judgment or decree and copy of decree.
• Any other necessary information.
§ 10-7506-1.2(A)
• Putative father may revoke a notice of intent to claim paternity at anytime by submitting a signed, notarized statement.
§ 10-7506-1.1(I)
• Any court.
• Authorized agency.
• Any other person deemed necessary to receive such information by the Dept. of Human Services.
• All others must show good cause to access information.
OREGON Y § 109.096
• Must file notice of the initiation of filiation proceedings prior to child's being placed in the physical custody of a person for the purpose of adoption.
• If paternity not established, putative father is entitled to notice of adoption proceedings if petitioner knows, or should have known:
    - child resided with the putative father at any time during 60 days immediately preceding the initiation of the proceeding, or at any time since the child's birth if he is less than 60 days old when proceeding is initiated; or
    - putative father has repeatedly contributed or tried to contribute to the support of the child during the year immediately preceding the initiation of the proceeding, or during the period since the child's birth if he is less than one year old when the proceeding is initiated.
• File with the Center for Health Statistics of the Health Division of the Dept. of Human Services.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
PENNSYLVANIA N 23 Pa. § 2513
• Notice of termination proceeding is given to putative father if he has filed a claim of paternity prior to the institution of proceedings.
23 Pa. § 5103
• Father of child must complete Dept. of Public Welfare form.
• If mother's consent not given, putative father only entitled to notice of termination proceedings.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. 23 Pa. § 5103
• May rescind acknowledgement of paternity within the earlier of the following:
    - 60 days; or
    - the date of an administrative or judicial proceeding relating to the child.
• After expiration of 60 days, may be challenged in court only on the basis of fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
PUERTO RICO N Tit. 32 § 2699c
• Biological parents entitled to notice of adoption proceedings. If whereabouts of a parent is unknown, or if he is outside of Puerto Rico, notice shall be published.
Tit. 32 § 2699d
• Parents have 15 days from the date the notice is served/received to respond to the adoption petition.
Tit. 32 § 2699g(h)
• If parents fail to attend the hearing for the first appearance, the court may decree the adoption without further summons or hearing.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
RHODE ISLAND N § 15-7-26
• Putative father must appear at adoption proceedings and claim rights to the child.
• Putative father is given notice of the adoption proceedings if he is identified to the satisfaction of the court.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
SOUTH CAROLINA N §§ 20-7-1734; 20-7-1690
• Putative father entitled to notice of adoption proceedings.
• Must file notice and reasons to contest, intervene or otherwise respond within 30 days of receiving notice of adoption proceedings.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
SOUTH DAKOTA N §§ 25-6-1.1; 25-6-1
• Within 60 days of child's birth, putative father must acknowledge paternity by publicly acknowledging child as own/receiving it into his family, placing name on birth certificate, or commencing a judicial proceeding claiming a parental right.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
TENNESSEE Y § 36-2-318(e)(3)
• May file a notice of intent to claim paternity prior to child's birth or within 30 days after birth.
36-2-318(j)
• Must file a complaint for parentage within 30 days from the receipt of notice of adoption proceedings.
§ 36-2-318(e)
• Name and address of putative father, child, and birth mother for whom an order of parentage has been entered and those for whom the registrar has a record of any acknowledgement of parentage executed.
• Those who file a notice of intent to claim paternity:
    - Putative father's name, address, and phone.
    - Name of child, if known.
    - Name of birth mother and current legal or physical custodian, and their address and phone number.
    - Any other information which identifies child or his whereabouts.
• Court order which adjudicates a person to be the father.
• Copies of sworn acknowledgements of parentage.
§ 36-2-318(g)
• May revoke a notice of intent to claim parentage at anytime in writing.
• Effective as of the date it is filed.
§ 32-2-318(h)
• Any notice of intent to claim paternity may be used as evidence by any other party in any proceeding in which the parentage of a child may be relevant.
TEXAS Y
(paternity registry)
Fam. Code §160.402(a), 160.312
• May file before child's birth, but no later than the 31th day after birth.
• Complete Bureau of Vital Statistics form signed and acknowledged by putative father and notarized.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Fam. Code § 160.414
• Putative father may at anytime revoke a notice of intent to claim paternity by sending a written statement signed and notarized.
Fam. Code § 160.412
• Sent to birth mother.
• A court.
• An authorized agency.
• A licensed child-placing agency.
• An attorney involved.
• Registry of another state.
UTAH N § 78-30-4.13(3)(a)
• Putative father entitled to actual notice of a birth or adoption proceeding.
• May initiate proceedings to establish paternity prior to child's birth or prior to the mother's execution of consent or her relinquishment to an agency.
• File with Dept. of Health, Vital Statistics.
§ 78-30-4.13(5)
• Must respond to adoption petition within 30 days of notice of adoption proceedings.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
VERMONT N Tit. 15A § 3-503
• Must file a claim of paternity within 20 days after notice of termination proceedings, unless a claim of paternity is pending.
Tit. 15A § 3-404
• Reasonable efforts are made to identify and notify biological father-includes inquiries of appropriate persons.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
VIRGIN ISLANDS N Tit. 16 § 142
• Parents entitled to notice of adoption proceedings.
Tit. 16 § 143
• If parent not found in Virgin Islands, notice is published. A parent who has not, before the hearing of a petition for adoption, had personal notice, may at any time within one year after actual notice, apply to the court for a hearing de novo.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
VIRGINIA N §§ 63.1-219.10; 63.1-219.29
• Must object to adoption proceedings within 21 days of the mailing of the notice of such proceedings.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
WASHINGTON N § 26.33.110
• Must file a claim of paternity or respond to the petition for termination of rights within 20 days of the date of service of the petition if served within the State or 30 days if served outside of the State.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
WEST VIRGINIA N § 48-22-601(a)
• Putative father entitled to notice of adoption proceedings if he is claiming to be the father and whose paternity of the child has been established.
§ 49-3-1(b)(3)
• Notice also given to a putative father who has asserted or exercised parental rights and duties within 6 months of the child's birth, if he knew the whereabouts of the child.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed. Not addressed in statutes reviewed.
WISCONSIN N § 48.025(2)
• May file a declaration of parental interest at any time except after termination of putative father's parental rights.
• Must be in writing and signed by putative father.
§ 48.025(2)
• Name and address of putative father and birth mother.
• Month and year of the child's birth or expected birth.
• Statement that individual has reason to believe that he may be the child's father.
Not addressed in statutes reviewed. § 48.025(3)
• Sent to birth mother.
WYOMING Y § 1-22-117
• May file before or after child's birth a notice of intent to claim paternity, or
• May file an instrument acknowledging paternity.
§ 1-22-108(c)(ii)
• Putative father having knowledge of birth or pending birth must evidence an interest in and responsibility for the child within 30 days after receiving notice of child's birth or pending birth.
§ 1-22-108(d)
• Putative father has no right to assert paternity in termination proceedings unless he is known by the mother or agency, or lived with or married the mother after the child's birth and prior to the filing of the adoption petition, or has acknowledged the child as his own, or registered as a putative father.
§ 1-22-117(a)
• Name and address of any person:
    - adjudicated by a Wyoming court to be the father.
    - who has filed with the registry before or after the child's birth, a notice of intent to claim paternity.
    - adjudicated by a court of another U.S. State or territory to be the father.
    - who has filed with the registry an instrument acknowledging paternity.
§ 1-22-117(c)
• May at any time revoke a notice of intent to claim paternity previously filed.
§ 1-22-117(e)
• Any court.
• Authorized agency.
• Any person upon order of a court for good cause shown.

Resource: National Adoption Information Clearinghouse

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