It's no secret that children are often conceived by accident, outside of wedlock, and parents sometimes consider alternative choices such as adoption or abortion. What often happens is that the mother makes the executive decision of whether or not the keep and raise the baby. Fathers sometimes have little say in the matter. However, according to Illinois law, fathers do have a say. So what steps can a father take to prevent the mother of his child from giving the child up for adoption?
•· Register with the Illinois Putative Father Registry (IPFR). A putative father is one who was not married to the child's biological mother before the birth of the child, and has not established paternity through the legal system. A putative father attempting to prevent the mother from giving the child up for adoption must register with the IPFR within 30 days after the birth of the child.