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 Information and Practitioner Factsheets (PDF: 14KB/2pages)
- Search Request Instructions
- MFAR Frequently Asked Questions
- Registration Instructions and Information
- MFAR Registration Form & Release Form (Interactive PDF: 226KB/3 pages)
- MFAR Release Form only (PDF: 256KB/1 page)
- Search Request Form (Interactive PDF: 69KB/1 page)
- Search Request by the Biological Mother (Interactive PDF: 37KB/1 page)
- Search Request by the Step-Mother (Interactive PDF: 100KB/1 page)
- Affidavit of Attorney Form(Interactive PDF: 234KB/1 page)
- State Court Administrator MFAR Forms (non-MDH website)
Registration forms and instructions are also available by mail or phone:
Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry
Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0499
or toll free at 1-888-345-1726
To order brochures or posters please use this Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry Order Form (PDF: 141KB/1 page).
Other Resources(Non-Minnesota Department of Health links:)
Minnesota Department of Human Services
DHS provides adopting and adoption agency information.
Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN)
430 Oak Grove Street, Suite 404
Minneapolis, MN 55403
MARN is a non-profit organization that provides training to prospective adoptive families and continuing education on adoption issues.
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 website (non-MDH website) has additional information about putative father registries in other states. The Minnesota Department of Health does not maintain this data.