In Missouri, the Department of Health & Senior Services maintains what is called the “Putative Father Registry” where the names and addresses of men who believe they are the father of a child born outside marriage may choose to be listed. Before such a child so identified on the list may be adopted or subjected to legal guardianship, the Putative Father Registry must be consulted and any man listed as a putative father must be notified of the action and allowed to intervene and become part of that action.
While this list provides protection when the child is in Missouri, other states may not have this sort of protection and may even allow the mother alone to consent to an adoption.
Nonetheless, joining the registry is free and certainly worthwhile if the birth mother does not or will not allow the birth father’s name to be placed on the birth certificate.
Joining the registry is straightforward: call 1-573-6378 and register.