Barker strongly believes that expectant fathers not only have a legal right to be involved in adoption, but that their involvement is an essential aspect of developing a child’s identity.
Expectant parents who are participating together in an adoption plan may choose to be counseled together or individually, or some of both, as they each work through their thoughts about the process.
We understand that this is a confusing and difficult time for expectant fathers. Whether you are in an ongoing relationship with the baby’s mother, or the two of you are living independent lives, we are here to listen and support you through the process, and after, as you choose. In recent years, most birth fathers have decided to be actively involved.
As the birth father, you have rights and we honor them. We can answer your questions and help you explore options about what is involved in making an adoption plan, including your involvement in selecting a family and exploring the kind of relationship you would like to maintain with the adoptive family and your child after the adoption is finalized. If you are uncertain about the baby’s paternity, we can help explain how to clarify paternity.