A natural father (also called an alleged father) does not have as many rights as a presumed father.

He is probably a natural father if

• you were not married to or living with him within a year of the time you got pregnant or when you gave birth
• he has not helped you support the baby or said he was the father

If this is the case, you must still try to notify him about the adoption plan. If you cannot locate him, your adoption professional will try to find him. They will ask for his permission for the adoption or will ask the court to end his parental rights.

If he does not agree with the adoption plan and his parental rights have not been ended, he has the right to try and prove that he is a presumed father and it would be better for the baby to be with him than with the adoptive parents


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