You do have rights. You have the right to know about the adoption process. Some Birthfathers are apprehensive about the adoption process, but then come to the realization that they may not have the time or resources to raise the child. Many Birthfathers need the reassurance that they can be involved in the adoption process if they so desire. If you wish to raise the child, there are steps you must take in making that known. You can contact an attorney to understand what your rights and responsibilities are. Your attorney will inform you on how to file for paternity, and will discuss other legal issues pertinent to your case.

It is important to share your feelings with the adoption counselor and the Birthmother so that the communication process stays open and honest. Counseling is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If the Birthmother chooses to parent the child, then you are responsible and required to pay child support until the child turns 18 years old. If you and the Birthmother decide to parent the child, then Lifetree can refer you both to community resources that specialize in helping single or parents in need.