Job & Family Services Putative Father Registry
The Putative Father Registry
The Putative Father Registry

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
P.O. Box 182709
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2709
1-888-313-3100
 
Who is a Putative Father? A putative father is a male who may be a child's father, but who:
  • is not married to the child's mother on or before the date that the child is born; or
  • has not established paternity of the child in a court or administrative agency proceeding in this or another state before the date the child is to be adopted; or
  • has not completed an acknowledgement of paternity affidavit before the filing of an adoption petition for the child.

If the mother of a child wants to place the child for adoption, the putative father must take steps to show that he is the legal father of that child in order to have the right to be notified of the adoption proceedings.
 

What is the Ohio Putative Father Registry?
 
 

The Ohio Putative Father Registry (OPFR) is a computerized database maintained by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The OPFR allows a male to register if he believes he may have fathered a child, and wants to be notified if the child is placed for adoption.

 

The OPFR is routinely searched as part of the process to determine whether the child is able to be legally adopted. If a child is placed for adoption and a putative father is listed in the registry, the putative father will be notified and can seek legal counsel regarding his rights. The OPFR also assists interested parties' efforts to identify a putative father through submission of a request for a search to be conducted on the Ohio Putative Father Registry.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should register with the Ohio Putative Father Registry?

Any male who thinks someone may be pregnant and feels he may be the father should register with the OPFR. This includes an adult or a minor who is less than eighteen years of age.
 

Why should someone register with the Ohio Putative Father Registry?

If the putative father does not register with the OPFR before the child's birth or no later than 30 days after the child's birth, the child could be legally adopted without the putative father's knowledge or consent.
 

How does someone register with the Ohio Putative Father Registry?
Registrations may be submitted online or in writing. To register online, the individual must go to https://pfrpub.odjfs.state.oh.us/pfrweb/webforms/home.aspx and follow the on-screen prompts.

 

Written registrations must be submitted on the JFS 01694, "Putative Father Registry Registration Form." The form may be obtained online at www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/inter.asp; or a copy of the form may be requested by contacting the OPFR toll free at 1-888-313-3100.

 

Where are written registration forms to be mailed?
The online registration must be completed or the written registration must be received by the OPFR no later than 30 days after the child's birth date.

The Ohio Putative Father Registry
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
P.O. Box 182709
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2709

 


 

What information must be provided to register?
The putative father must provide his complete name, current address, name of the mother, and the name, sex, and birth date of the child. If the child's date of birth is unknown or the child has not yet been born, the putative father must provide an estimated date of delivery.

 

Additional information that may be provided (if known) includes: Social Security numbers (for the putative father and/or the mother); the mother's maiden name (if applicable); and the mother's most recent address.

 

Is there a fee to register with the Ohio Putative Father Registry?
There is no fee to register.

 

How does someone establish paternity?
If an individual would like to begin the process of establishing paternity, he should obtain legal representation or contact the county child support enforcement agency (CSEA). The CSEA will provide the individual with information regarding the process for establishing paternity. More information regarding establishing paternity can be obtained through the Office of Child Support's website at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocs.

 

How can a putative father obtain legal representation?
A putative father may contact an attorney referral service or search for an attorney using the Ohio Legal Servcies website at www.ohiolegalservices.org.

 

What happens if a registered putative father moves? How can he update his information?
It is the responsibility of the putative father to provide his new address if he moves to an address other than the one provided at the time of registration. If the putative father moves, he should mail a letter to the OPFR that shows his complete name, previous address information, and new address information. The putative father's information will be updated in the OPFR database to reflect the new address.

 

How often should a man register with the Ohio Putative Father Registry?
Individuals may register with the OPFR more than once. A putative father should register his name for each child he believes he has fathered.

 

Who can request a search of the Ohio Putative Father Registry?
The mother of child, a public or private agency, or an attorney arranging a child's adoption may request a search of the OPFR to determine whether someone is registered as the child's putative father. If a public children services agency (PCSA) or an attorney representing a PCSA is requesting the search, the date of Termination of Parental Rights Hearing or the date of the Permanent Custody Hearing must be provided on the request form.

 

Searches cannot be completed for children born prior to January 1, 1997.

 

How does someone request a search of the Ohio Putative Father Registry?
Requests for a search of the OPFR may be submitted online or in writing. To request a search online, the individual must go to https://pfrpub.odjfs.state.oh.us/pfrweb/webforms/home.aspx and follow the on-screen prompts.

 

Written requests must be submitted on the JFS 01695, "Application for Search of the Ohio Putative Father Registry." The form is available online at www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/inter.asp; or a copy of the form may be requested by contacting the OPFR toll free at 1-888-313-3100.

 

Where are written search application forms to be mailed?

The Ohio Putative Father Registry
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
P.O. Box 182709
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2709

 

Other Questions:

 

For additional questions regarding the Ohio Putative Father Registry, please contact the OPFR toll free at 1-888-313-3100 or via e-mail at OhioPFR@jfs.ohio.gov.