The baby's father must voluntarily consent to the adoption, formally deny paternity, have his parental rights terminated, or elect to parent the child.
Sometimes a father may not want to acknowledge paternity of his child, and refuse to sign the relinquishment papers. In this case, he would be required to sign a paper saying that he is denying paternity of the child, and thus waives his rights to the child. If the father will not sign either relinquishment or the waiver, the attorney can take steps to legally terminate the birthfather’s rights.
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