The alleged biological father of my child has never seen her. He left during the pregnancy and didn't respond at attempts to contact him up until my child was 1 year old. She is now 9 and I recently remarried and my husband would like to adopt her legally. Since paternity was never legally established and he did not sign a birth certificate, do we even need to do the abandonment motion to proceed? If so, what is this I hear about trying to locate him by placing an add in the newspaper?