My husband and I in the process of adopting our infant son in PA. (Son has been with us since birth.) Birth mother will be voluntarily terminating parental rights. Birth father is unknown. Our attorney states that there is no process of involuntarily terminating an unknown birth father's parental rights in PA. Our research suggests that there is indeed a process: involuntary termination of unknown birth father's parental rights with notice by publication. So, our questions are: 1.) Which is correct? 2.) If this process does indeed exist, is it a legal requirement or just a "good idea to do"? 3.) Would the court actually allow this adoption to be finalized with only one birth parent's (the birth mother's, but not the birth father's), rights being terminated? Thank you for your help.Our attorney is related to my husband and has a small, general practice. He initially assured us that, although he hasn't handled many adoption cases, this case should be no problem since birth mother is voluntarily terminating rights and birth father is unknown. He obviously feels that unknown birth father means birth father is unknown so there is nothing at all to deal with. My husband and I are very concerned that he is completely incorrect on this (as detailed in my initial post). Additionally, not sure if it matters, but our son was born in Morristown, NJ, which is where bio mom also still resides. Please help. Thank you.
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