Alleged fathers in Alabama have the right to be notified of adoption
proceedings involving their children.
Alabama Law allows a putative father – a man who assumes or alleges to
be the father of a child – to be notified of adoption proceedings
involving the child.
Notice to the putative father is made when there has been adjudication,
legitimization, or intent to claim paternity verified by or filed with
the Alabama Department of Human Resources’ Office of Permanency.
In order for the putative father to receive notice of an adoption
procedure, he must register with the Putative Father Registry prior to
the child’s birth or within a 30-day period after the child’s birth. A
putative father who fails to file a notice of intent to claim paternity
within this time frame is considered to have given an irrevocable
implied consent to any adoption proceeding. The putative father is
responsible for notifying the Department of Human Resources’ Office of
Permanency of a change of address.
The putative father may revoke his intent to claim paternity at any
Father Registry Pamphlet
How to Register
Father Change of Address