Participation of Unwed Biological Fathers in Newborn Adoptions: Achieving Substantive and Procedural Fairness

17 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2008  

Jeffrey A. Parness

Northern Illinois University - College of Law

Date Written: July 2, 2008

Abstract

In newborn adoptions in the United States, the participation rights of too many unwed, fit biological fathers are unfairly considered. Some fathers have little or uncertain information about their children prior to or at birth through no fault of their own, yet are denied participation rights. Other fathers have little guidance on the steps necessary under law to prompt an opportunity to participate. Governments do little truly to inform and guide, though the parental opportunity interest involves "one of mankind's most important rights," often accorded federal constitutional protection. As a matter of public policy, American state governments should treat unwed biological fathers more fairly by reforming their laws on participation rights in newborn adoptions.

Keywords: Family Law, Adoption, Paternity, Genetic Ties

Suggested Citation

Parness, Jeffrey A., Participation of Unwed Biological Fathers in Newborn Adoptions: Achieving Substantive and Procedural Fairness (July 2, 2008). Journal of Law & Family Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1154636

Jeffrey A. Parness (Contact Author)

Northern Illinois University - College of Law ( email )

Swen Parson Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
United States

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