MFAR Search Request Information for County Professionals - Minnesota Dept. of Health

MFAR Search Request Information for County Professionals

To request a search, complete and submit the Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry (MFAR) Search Request (PDF) form and fees. MFAR cannot perform a search without payment.

Child protection and permanency workers

Child protection and permanency workers:

  • Inform putative fathers about MFAR
  • Identify and locate fathers who want to pursue paternity
  • Identify and locate the child’s paternal relatives for possible foster care or permanent placement

County child protection staff may request an MFAR search 30 days after the birth in a juvenile protection matter unrelated to adoption.

County social services

A social services agency that is a petitioner in a juvenile protection matter may request a search of MFAR at any time.

Child support enforcement

Child support enforcement workers:

  • Inform putative fathers about MFAR
  • Facilitate paternity testing
  • Inform putative fathers about establishing paternity
  • Establish child support obligations

Child support workers attempting to establish a child support obligation may request searches of MFAR to determine whether a putative father is registered. Child support workers seeking to establish a child support obligation are exempt from paying the $25 search fee.

Updated Monday, 09-Sep-2019 08:11:49 CDT