Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry (MFAR)
The Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry (MFAR) was created by the Minnesota Legislature (Minnesota 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.
A goal of the Registry is to balance the interests of the mother, child, and father when an adoption plan is being considered. Another goal is to stabilize the adoption process by placing time limits on a putative father's opportunity to assert his rights.
Additional MFAR pages
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Registration Instructions and Information
- Search Request Instructions
- MFAR Information and Practitioner Factsheets (PDF)
Registration forms and instructions are also available upon request:
Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry
Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0499
651-201-5994 or toll free at 1-888-345-1726
To order brochures or posters please use this Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry Order Form (PDF).
Other Resources(Non-Minnesota Department of Health links:)
Minnesota Department of Human Services
DHS provides adopting and adoption agency information.
777 Raymond Ave
St. Paul, MN 55114
MN ADOPT (formerly known as Minnesota Adoption Resource Network or MARN) provides programs and services to fully support adoptive, kinship and foster families and their children.
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association of attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law.
The Academy's work includes promoting the reform of adoption laws and disseminating information on ethical adoption practices. The Member Directory is an excellent resource to locate an adoption attorney.
Putative Father Registry in other states
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Child Welfare Information Gateway (non-MDH website) has information about putative father registries in other states.