Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry (MFAR)


The Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry (MFAR) 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.

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.

MFAR Frequently Asked Questions (PDF: 14KB/2pages)

MN Putative Fathers' Adoption Registry presentation (PDF: 1MB/38 pages)  (PPT: 13MB/38 pages)

Registration forms and instructions are available at this site, or by contacting:

Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry
Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0499

Phone: 651-201-5994
or toll free at 1-888-345-1726
Fax: 651-201-5740
Email: far@state.mn.us



To order brochures or postures please download the order form, complete it and either fax or mail it to our offices. The mailing address and fax information is on the form. Click here:

Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry Order Form (PDF: 141KB/1 page)

Putative Father Registry in other States

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Child Welfare Information Gateway website has information about putative father registries in other states. To reach the HHS website please click on the link below. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) does not maintain this data. By clicking the link below you will leave the MDH website.


Practitioner Information

The Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry has developed a PowerPoint presentation for practitioners.  This presentation may be downloaded and should be helpful for the following professionals:

  • Fatherhood Practitioners/Advocates
  • Adoption agency staff
  • Child Protection workers
  • Child Support officials
  • State Court Administrators
  • County Attorney staff
  • State Agency staff