The Putative Father, Adoption, and Abandoned Child Registries help people find others and stay connected.
Putative Father Registry: establishing paternity
In order to claim rights of paternity, the father of a child born out-of-wedlock must commence proceedings to establish paternity AND file notice of his commencement of proceedings to establish his paternity with
Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics,
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho, 83720-0036
The Idaho legislature passed a law (Section 16-1513, Idaho Code) to enable fathers of children born out-of-wedlock to declare their paternal rights and intent to support the child. Registration should be done at anytime prior to the birth of the child or at least prior to the date of any proceeding where the child is placed with an agency licensed to provide adoption services. If fathers in these circumstances do not register and the child is adopted, all paternal rights will be lost.
Abandoned Child Registry: claim of parental rights
In order to claim parental rights of an abandoned child a parent must file a notice of claim of parental rights with the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho, 83720-0036. The Idaho legislature passed a law (Section 39-8206, Idaho Code) for a parent of an abandoned child to declare their parental rights and intent to support the child to the best of their ability. Registration should be done before an order terminating parent’s rights is entered by the court. If such parent fails to register a claim of parental rights, they have waived and surrendered any right in relation to the child.
Voluntary Adoption Registry
The Idaho Voluntary Adoption Registry is a confidential cross reference file of people who are or were the parties in an adoption. Filing with the registry indicates that you wish to make your identity know to other parties involved in the adoption. The Registry will match individuals who have authorized release of information to one another and disclose the information accordingly.