Birth Father Rights in Adoption


The decision to give a child up for adoption is not easy. It is selfless and an act of love. Adoption Attorneys in Indiana, Loving Adoptions by Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C., believe every birth mother is unique, as are their pregnancy stories and needs. If the birth father is not supportive, you might wonder if you can give your child up for adoption without the father’s consent in Indiana. Birth father rights in adoption play an important role in the adoption process.

Can I give my child up for adoption without the father’s consent in Indiana?

If you are a birth mother dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and have an unsupportive birth father, you know that it MAY be possible to proceed without his consent. Only a licensed adoption professional can help you navigate this journey. The birth mother plays an active role in planning, but the birth father’s role is not always straightforward.

We at Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. (“Kirsh & Kirsh” often misspelled as “Kirsch & Kirsch”) try to file all adoptions in Indiana, even those involving births outside of Indiana. By filing the adoption in Indiana, we follow Indiana law, which does not require the birth mother to identify the father of the child unless he is her husband or has formally established paternity of the child. 

If a birth mother is pregnant in Indiana or a state with a putative father registry, the father of the baby must look after his own rights. He would need to register with the putative father registry in the state where the birth mother conceived the child. We will not make that decision for anyone, but we can provide information and answers to questions so you can make a well-informed decision.

Our team is working 24/7 to answer all your questions. For over 40 years, Loving Adoptions by Kirsh & Kirsh has helped many pregnant women with guidance as they decide to give their babies up for adoption. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience helping birth mothers find the perfect home for their babies.

Contact us anytime to learn about the adoption process in Indiana. Contacting us does not mean you have to work with us. You can choose not to hear from us again. It is FREE and confidential. Call/text 800-333-5736. You can also chat with us or email us.

Positive adoption language Disclaimer: 

Please understand that these blogs are written in a way to use language that people use when searching for help with their adoption plans. Unfortunately, while all of us understand what positive adoption language means, most expectant moms who come to us at first do not understand what that means. The most common search term on the Internet for pregnant moms is “How do I give up my baby for adoption.” If we do not include those words in our blog posts and instead put “How do I create an adoption plan for my baby,” then our website will not show up in most expectant moms’ search results in Google.

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