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I am a woman in my 30s who has been contemplating adopting a child some time now. Last week, the young daughter of an acquaintance found out that she is pregnant. She says she has no idea who the baby's father is. She does not want to keep the baby, nor do her her parents or any other family members. She does not want to have an abortion. Her mom contacted me to see if I would possibly be interested in adopting the baby. I would, of course, be very interested. Right away, though, I question what happens in a case like this with this girl not knowing who the father of the baby is. Obviously, if this would go forward, she is choosing to legally give up her baby for adoption. But how is this handled legally on the father's end if she doesn't even know who the father is?Hello Attorney Hovey and thanks for your reply. She is saying something similar to what you used as an example, actually. That she was at a concert and "hooked up" with a stranger. Has no idea who the father of the baby could be or how to find him. Forgive me for not completely understanding your answer. Are you saying that yes, his rights can be legally ended even though who he is is not known? And that the specific way of doing this legally may vary (put something in a newspaper or something more creative as you mentioned), but regardless of how it would be done, that it would indeed be done? I guess I'm not as concerned with the "how" as I'd assume a lawyer such as yourself would deal with those specifics if this would move forward. I just want to make sure that there is actually some method of ending this man's rights even though who he is isn't known, and that he wouldn't just have some unending right to this baby. And is there a legal name for this method? Thank you very much.