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Hello. I want to start off by saying I am not the one looking to adopt. My sister is. She has been approached with a situation to be able to adopt a baby due in 3 weeks. The birth mother is excited she has found a family and is eager to proceed. However, the biological father is not in the picture. She claims she does not know who he is but has an idea. Have any of you ever dealt with the legal issues surrounding the biological father not being present? I'm nervous for my sister. They are proceeding and trying to be in somewhat of a hurry since the baby is due so quick. Any experience or advice??
It totally depends on your state. In Alabama (where I am from) if mom says she "doesn't know" who the dad is and doesn't put him on a birth certificate it would be VERY hard and a long process for the dad to come into the picture and get the baby.
In other states, though, it is different. I would highly advise your sister to go see an adoption lawyer if for nothing more than a consult to tell her the answer to this and any other specific questions they have.