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Question for my best friend. She has a 7 year old daughter. The biological father was never listed on her birth certificate. He is no longer in the picture and has had no contact whatsoever with my friend or her child in over a year and a half. She is now engaged to be married (this May) and her future husband wishes to adopt her daughter. Does he have to go through adoption proceedings or could he just have his name put on the child's birth certificate being that there is no father of record currently listed there? Additional info: the biological father is married and this child is unknown to any of his family members, as she is a secret. Thank you for your assistance.

Hi Kelli.
Thank you for your question.  Your friend's future husband will need to legally adopt the child in order to be considered the child's father.  After the adoption proceeding, the child will be issued a new birth certificate and he will be listed as her father.  The biological father will need to be noticed about the proceeding.  Since he does not desire anyone to know about the child, he may be willing to give his consent privately and confidentially so the adoption proceeding can happen.  Thank you for considering the child's best interest.
All the best to you and your friend.

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22 years in the adoption field. Michele Fried is the founder and chair of Adoption STAR. Her foremost responsibilities are the implementation of strategic plans and agency growth/expansion, financial management, board partnerships and supervision of the staff. Michele has her hands full with these responsibilities as well as initiating marketing and public relation campaigns and executing and implementing policies developed by the Board of Directors.


Before starting Adoption STAR. Michele worked as an educator in Pennsylvania and then after she and her husband adopted their first child, she entered the field of adoption. In 1989 she founded an adoption agency licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Micheleís own family began to grow and they chose to return home to Western New York. Michele began working locally as an Inclusion Coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities. As the years went by, Michele was inspired by the great need for a passionate, advocacy based, non-profit child-welfare agency in this area and so Adoption STAR was born in March of 2000! Michele is very proud of the work Adoption STAR has done and continues to do, and states she is touched by the incredible birth mothers that work with the agency.

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The community-at-large has also noticed Michele and her agency. In 2003 Michele received a Business First 40 Under Forty Award and in 2004 WKBW-TV honored Michele by selecting her to be one of the communityís Everyday Heroes. The YWCA also honored Michele in 2005 by selecting her as one of twenty-six women making a difference in Western New York. In 2009 Michele was the recipient of a Business First Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award. On May 1, 2010 during the Dazzling Decade ~ A Night of Starís 10th Birthday Gala, Micheleís own agency presented her with the First Michele Fried Founderís Award. In the future, this award will be given annually to an individual whose contributions, expertise, and dedication to adoption mirror Micheleís.

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