It is possible to adopt the child. You need to consult an attorney in your county who is experienced in handling adoption matters. In that way, you can find out the specific procedure in your county for providing notice.
You should consult with an adoption attorney in your area regarding your county's specific procedures. In PA, the parental rights of both of the biological parents are typically terminated prior to the adoption taking places thus preventing them from coming back later. While it can be a lot trickier to have the rights terminated when you do not know a persona's whereabouts, it can still be done.
I believe that adopting a child with a "Not Known" father is one which will always leave you wondering if "Not Known" will show up one day to cause trouble. But, that is not a good enough reason to deter you from adopting this child. The logistics of notifying someone whose identity is unknown are difficult. The courts in our different counties have differing ideas as to what constitutes proper notice. That's why it has been suggested that you consult with an experienced adoption attorney in your area. You've raised and loved this child. You can only do the best you can under the circumstances presented to you. Chances are that will be enough. The best of luck to you and your family.
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