Christopher Emanuel faced every unmarried father’s worst fear when he nearly lost his daughter to the adoption system despite his wishes. Fortunately, Emanuel was able to regain custody because he registered with South Carolina’s putative-father registry.
Thirty-three states have a putative-father registry, which enables a man to declare himself as the father before his baby is born. Unfortunately, there is very little public awareness about these registries, and if a father fails to sign up, he risks forfeiting his parental rights.
Emanuel, whose plight was recently featured in The Atlantic, joined DadsDivorce Live to share his story and detail the uphill battle many unmarried fathers face when they want to remain involved in their child’s life.