MFAR Searches - Attorneys & Adoption Agencies
Before an adoption becomes final in Minnesota, the law requires a search of MFAR. Adoption agencies or attorneys must request an MFAR search 31 or more days after the birth of the child. The search results certify the registration status of the putative father (registered, not registered) in MFAR.
To request a search, complete the Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry (MFAR) Search Request (PDF) form. Send the form and fees to the address on the form. MFAR cannot perform a search without payment.
The search requirement applies to all adoption petitions filed in the state of Minnesota, including:
- Adoptions of children born in other states
- Infant adoptions and private placements
- Stepparent or relative adoptions
- Termination of parental rights or cases leading to permanency for the child
- International adoptions
- Foreign-born children unless the child is the subject of a stepparent adoption