Q: Child's father refusing contact before and after birth, what are my options?
My childs father disappeared after he found out that we had a child (even though we were trying and it was planned). He hasn't changed his mailing address and he is having all of his family refuses any contact with me. I honestly want him to just sign away his rights. I have been seeing someone who is helping me raise her as his own and is willing to adopt her. Her birth father is very abusive and I don't want that life for her. What are my options and how do I go about making sure my daughtet is safe and taken care of? Can my partner legally adopt her or does her father have to consent even though we cannot find him? (His name is not on the birth certificate as he obviously was not present to consent.)
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