A putative father is a man who might be a child's biological father, but is not yet the legal father. For example, if a man has sex with a woman who he is not married to, and that woman later has a child, that man would be a putative father. If you are a putative father, you can protect your rights by registering with the Putative Father Registry. You will then be notified if the child is put up for adoption.
You can register before the birth of the child. If you do not register with the Putative Father Registry within 30 days of the child's birth, the child can be adopted without your knowledge or consent. You could permanently lose all rights to the child.
Updated: March 2018