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Is A Birth Father Forgotten During the Adoption Process?

By Katherine Doherty

The adoption process has many moving parts, and many different people can play vital roles in helping you as a birth mother during this period in your life. You may be wondering how much of a role your child’s birth father can also have in this process. This is a normal question, and at Adoption Choices of Texas, we are here to help with anything you might be worried or wondering about. Is the birth father forgotten during the adoption process? The answer is no, not if you don’t want him to be.

A support system during this time is essential, whether it’s from your child’s birth father, parents, family, or friends. At Adoption Choices of Texas, we encourage your child’s birth father to take an active role in the adoption process, but depending on your wishes, this may not always be the case. If you’re looking for unplanned pregnancy help, you’ve come to the right place. Not only do we provide you with the information you might need for any question you have. We also are ready to make your adoption process as smooth as possible. 

If you need help with adoption now, you can call us at 945-444-0333, text us at 945-444-0333, or email us here.

What Are the Different Types of Birth Fathers?

There are three different types of birth fathers. It’s important to know what kind of birth father your child has and if he is supportive of the adoption process or not. You can always talk with one of our adoption specialists for extra support and guidance. 

Unsupportive Birth Fathers

Although it takes two to make a baby, we recognize that every situation is different when determining whether adoption is the right choice or not for their child. We also know that the relationship between birth parents is different in every case. 

While many birth fathers support adoption, that is not always the case. At Adoption Choices of Texas, we can provide an adoption specialist to talk with your child’s birth father and answer any questions he might have. 

Unknown Birth Fathers 

We know every birth mother’s story is different, so we understand that you might not know who the birth father is. That’s okay! We can still proceed with the adoption process. 

Known Birth Fathers

A lot of birth mothers know who the biological father of their child is. So you are still able to go through with the adoption process. Even if you are not married or have a relationship with him. 

It is still possible to continue through the adoption process without the birth father’s support, but we encourage both of you to communicate about your wants for your child’s future. In Texas, we require that both birth parents have to consent if the birth father is a legal birth father. This means if you are married and his parental rights have not been terminated, he is not neglectful or unfit.   

What Are Birth Fathers Roles and Responsibilities?

The birth father can play as little or as big a role as you and he would like. However, we encourage you both to take an active role since you both determine your child’s future. Although much of the attention is placed on you as the birth mother, the birth father also plays an important role.

When it comes to the adoption process, both of you are a team. You have full control over your adoption plans, such as choosing the type of family you want your child to be placed with and the type of communication you want post-placement.

Your child’s birth father can also provide you with the necessary compassion you need throughout this process, such as:

  • Support: You will need all the support you can get during this process. Putting a child up for adoption is a complex and emotional process. You might feel shame, guilt, stress, or fear. This is all valid. It can be helpful to have the birth father there so you can both support each other. 
  • Acceptance: Having your birth father be accepting of adoption and willing to help you through the process, such as making decisions, is extremely helpful and important for your mental health. It can help take some of the burdens off knowing you have someone by your side to make decisions or support your decisions. 

Do You Need A Birth Father’s Consent in Texas?

If the birth father is a legal birth father, then yes. However, if the birth father is unknown, missing, neglected your child, or is unfit, then consent is not typically required. 

Your Adoption Process With Adoption Choices of Texas

The birth father is not forgotten in the adoption process unless he is unfit. You may be worried if you are doing this process alone, but at Adoption Choices of Texas, we can give you the support you need. 

We know how difficult it is to place your baby for adoption. That’s why we not only encourage you to have a support system, but we offer services in place. That way you can get the guidance you need for your emotional and physical health. 

As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 945-444-0333, text us at 945-444-0333, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!

Adoption Choices of Texas es la única agencia de adopción con servicios completamente en esapñol en el estado de Texas. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, llámenos o envíenos un mensaje de texto y uno de nuestros especialistas en adopción podrá ayudarlo. Podemos ayudarte con la adopcion de niños. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de adopción como una mujer embarazada o una madre biológica, comuníquese con Adoption Choices of Texas. Para español llamar: 888-510-5029

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