Adoption Triad

June 16, 2015

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This month, Adoption Triad focuses on birth fathers' involvement in adoption. The role of a father in a child's life is important. As professionals, we may not know everything that is going on in the life of a father, but we can be prepared with information and resources to help. The materials listed below can assist professionals in aiding fathers throughout the adoption process.

  1. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse provides information about the Engaging Fathers Project as well as the mutual goals and benefits for professionals, fathers, and children when fathers are engaged in the child welfare process.
  2. Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a 2014 publication, titled The Rights of Unmarried Fathers, which summarizes State laws regarding the rights of unmarried fathers in relation to their children.

    The 2012 publication, Collection of Family Information About Adopted Persons and Their Birth Families, summarizes State laws about the type of information that is required or permitted to be collected on adopted persons and their birth families.

  3. Explore Fatherhood Organizations and related initiatives that provide information and resources for and about fathers and their important role in the lives of children.

    Also, view the publication, Fatherhood Initiatives: Connecting Fathers to Their Children (376 KB), which discusses initiatives to promote and support father-child interaction outside the framework of the father-mother relationship, and summarizes the debate over whether fatherhood programs should include the promotion of marriage.


Alaina Davis, Content Specialist
Child Welfare Information Gateway

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