The Fathers' Adoption Registry was created by the Minnesota legislature (MN Statutes, section 259.52) to allow possible biological, but not as yet legal, fathers to receive notice of pending adoption proceedings for their children. By registering within 30 days of his child's birth, a 'putative' father ensures that he will be able to participate in the decisions that impact his child.
The goal of the registry is to balance the interests of the mother, child, and father when an adoption plan is being considered, and to stabilize the adoption process by placing time limits on a putative father's ability to assert his rights.
Registration forms and instructions are available at this site or by contacting Father's Adoption Registry. View the Father's Adoption Registry search request form.