Fathers' rights are important and deserve to be acknowledged. However, paternity comes with certain responsibilities. On the one hand, should a man be deemed the child's father, he may be obligated to pay child support. On the other hand, he may also be entitled to seek custody of his child if he so chooses. Yet there may be ways for men in Ohio who believe they are a child's father, even if paternity is not established, to be contacted if the child's mother decides to put the child up for adoption.
In Ohio there is a Putative Father Registry, OPFR, administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. A putative father is a man who was not married to the child's mother prior to the child's birth, has not signed a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity prior to the filing of any adoption paperwork, or has not established paternity with an administrative agency or the court prior to the child's adoption date.