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Arizona Adoption When the Birth Father is Unknown or Unsupportive

By Tabitha Robbins

You currently find yourself in a situation where you’re unexpectantly pregnant and are considering that placing your baby for adoption is the best solution. You made the right and best choice, but the birth father is unsupportive of your decision. No matter how much you educate him about your decision and the adoption process, he might not change his mind. Or you might instead find yourself where you’re looking for adoption agencies in Arizona but unsure how far you can go for the birth father being unknown. Either way, you need unplanned pregnancy help, and our agency can offer you those services. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we provide you with love and support throughout your adoption journey. We walk you through the entire adoption process, giving you control over your adoption plan. We specialize in pregnant moms and birth family adoption services. Always ensure you get the information you need along with the support and compassion you deserve. So, let’s address your concerns. If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 1-480-900-5520 or visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona.

What to Know When The Birth Father Is Unknown

When starting the adoption process, it’s important to know the steps you will have to take when the birth father is unknown. The majority of the time, if a birth father is unknown, he won’t know about the adoption, and consent won’t be needed. Therefore, leaving you to still be able to place your baby for adoption. Adoption consent laws and procedures vary by state. The law in Arizona states that a man’s parental rights may be terminated if his identity remains unknown after three months of the attempted pursuit of his identity and location. Furthermore, you should be able to proceed along your adoption journey without any worries. This means you can proceed to choose an adoption plan that fits your and your baby’s needs and wants. Your adoption journey can continue all the way through without any need for the birth father. Also, you will have your adoption agency’s caseworker by your side if you have any further questions.

What to Know When The Birth Father Is Unsupportive

If the birth father is known and unsupportive, this is a different circumstance. In Arizona, a man is considered to be a baby’s legal father if he is or was married to the baby’s mother ten months before childbirth. If the birth father signs the birth certificate or anything to agree that he is the paternal father, he is the legal father. Therefore, parental rights will need to be terminated. This could hesitate your adoption process, but there is a solution if he continues to be unsupportive. If a birth father is still against putting the baby up for adoption, you could take him to court, where he will have to demonstrate his desire for custody and his willingness to support the baby in order to maintain parental rights. Depending on the situation (like being unfit or not financially stable), his rights may be terminated by the court.

Know Your Rights During the Adoption Journey

The adoption journey is unique to each person, and we are always here to help you. We can help you understand your rights when it comes to adoption. Make sure you know that you have control over your adoption plan. Also, you don’t have to worry about support from a partner. Our agency will help be here for you in their place. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we also can help you by offering you free adoption resources. We go beyond many other agencies to provide a nurturing, stable environment for you and your baby. Our agency is a judgment-free zone Providing a variety of services that fits whatever needs you to have. For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!