The Rights of Putative Fathers in Adoption Proceedings: A Review of State Statutes.

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American Public Welfare Association, Washington, DC.
United States Children's Bureau.
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This report contains the results of a survey of state statutes dealing with putative fathers. This survey was completed during the summer and fall of 1980 by the staff of the American Public Welfare Association. Its purpose was two-fold: 1) to examine the existing state laws on putative fathers with a focus on states' approaches to the due process requirements mandated by the Supreme Court cases of the 1970's; and 2) to identify approaches in existing state statutes which might be useful in making revisions to the proposed Model State Adoption Act. Accordingly, this paper focuses on two questions. First, is the consent of the father of a child born out-of- wedlock necessary for the child's adoption? Second, what, if any, notice and opportunity for hearing must be provided to putative fathers whose consent to adoption is not required?
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