Q & A: What is the Minnesota Father’s Adoption Registry?

The Fathers' Adoption Registry is a record of “putative” fathers who voluntarily register any time before their child's birth or within 30 days of the birth. It applies to children born on January 1, 1998 or later, but not before then.

A “putative father” means a man who may be a child's father, but who

  • is not married to the child's mother on or before the date that the child was or is to be born and
  • has not established paternity of the child in a court proceeding.

If adoption proceedings begin for the child, and if the father has placed his name on the registry, the court can find the father so he can participate in the adoption proceedings.

For more information about the adoption registry go to the Minnesota Department of Health’s website here.

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