How do I register with the Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry (MFAR)?
You may register with MFAR
- Online at Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry Registration Form, OR
- On paper MFAR Registration Form (PDF)
There is no registration fee. Only one registration per child, please. MFAR will send a notice to you to confirm your registration.
The paper MFAR Registration Form includes instructions. Read the instructions, fill out the form, and return the form to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Registering with MFAR does not establish you as the child’s legal father. A legal father is the man the law recognizes as the father of a child.
You may register before the child is born. You must register within 30 days of the child's birth. This will protect your rights if the child is in the adoption process.
Do I have to register with MFAR?
No. Registration is voluntary.
Will my name go on the child’s birth record when I register with MFAR?
No. Only a legal father’s name is on his child’s birth record. A legal father is the man the law recognizes as the father of a child. For information about establishing paternity, see the MFAR Frequently Asked Questions page.
What must I do after registering with MFAR?
You must notify MFAR if your address changes. This is to make sure that you receive notice if your child is in the adoption process. See the MFAR Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Will I have to pay child support if I register with MFAR?
Registering on MFAR does not force you to pay child support. However, child support agencies may search MFAR to find a putative father. If your name is located in MFAR, the agency will help you establish parentage and an order for child support.
You may want to contact the local county child support office. If you apply for child support, the child support office can help you establish paternity. Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services Applying for services webpage.
If you have questions about the Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry, call 651-201-5970.
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