Equality for unwed Fathers sought
One of the men profiled in the article, 23-year-old Arizona resident Adam Clayton Jones, learned that his former fiancée -- who had ended their relationship -- was pregnant and seeking to put up the baby for adoption in Florida, where they had met while attending college. An adoption agency called Jones to ask for his consent to the adoption. He refused, fully intending to raise the baby himself. But Jones did not know that in order to exercise his parental rights, he had to register with the state registry for unmarried fathers. Because he missed the deadline, he lost all his rights and has never seen his child, now 18 months old.
Unreal, in the year of our Lord 2006 that a biological father has his rights to his daughter abridged because the state of Florida requires him to sign some registry. Why should there be a deadline in the scenario? Why wasn't he contacted by the bio mother to offer the daughter to him? Why are father's seen as nothing more than a paycheck. Why are our rights to our child an afterthought. Why are are boys struggling in school and in life? I think if you look under the rug you'll see the damaging effects of fatherless children, adversarial parents and a government woefully incompetent to server as arbitrator of family matters.
In most states, the unwed father has to file with the registry either within a certain period of the child's birth -- from five to 30 days -- or, as in Massachusetts, at any time before the adoption petition is filed. But neither the mother nor the adoption agency has any obligation to notify the man of the adoption, or of the fact that he is a father or father-to-be. Even when the father is notified, he may not be told about the putative father registry -- which is what happened to Jones, whose attorney, Allison Perry, refers to the Florida registry as a ''well-kept secret." That is the situation in most states. Not only are most men unaware of the registries' existence, even some lawyers don't know about them.
Nice. Great to see the child's best interests are at heart. 30 days and bam on your way to adoption despite the fact that your bio father may not even know you exist or that you're up for adoption.
Things like this have to change. Inequality is unacceptable in these cases.