(A) The "Ohio Putative Father Registry" (OPFR), as defined in rule 5101: 2-1-01 of the Administrative Code, is designed to:
(1) Facilitate the registration of putative fathers who want to be notified in the event that their child may be placed for adoption.
(2) Facilitate interested parties' efforts to identify a putative father through submission of a request for a search to be conducted on the OPFR.
(B) When a putative father contacts the PCSA or PCPA, the PCSA or PCPA shall provide the JFS 01694 "Putative Father Registry Registration Form" (rev. 11/2010) to the putative father or refer the putative father to the ODJFS putative father registry website, https://pfrpub.odjfs.state.oh.us/pfrweb/webforms/home.aspx [File Link Not Available].
(C) To register, a putative father shall register online or complete the JFS 01694 and submit it to the Ohio putative father registry at ODJFS.
(D) The putative father may register prior to the birth of the child or within thirty days following the birth of the child.
(E) The mother of the child, the PCSA or PCPA involved in arranging a child's adoption, or attorneys representing any of these parties may request a search of the OPFR by completing the JFS 01695 "Application for Search of Ohio Putative Father Registry" (rev. 11/2010) and submitting it to the Ohio putative father registry at ODJFS or by submitting the request online via the ODJFS putative father registry website,https://pfrpub.odjfs.state.oh.us/pfrweb/webforms/home.aspx [File Link Not Available].
(F) The PCSA or PCPA shall determine if there is a putative father by doing the following:
(1) Work with the mother to identify the name of the child's father and determine if either parent is eligible for membership with an American Indian tribe.
(2) Contact the Ohio putative father registry to request a search be conducted on the OPFR to determine if the child's father is registered on the OPFR. A request for a search of the OPFR may be made at any time. Afinal search of the OPFR shall be made no sooner than thirty-one days after the birth of the child.
(G) The mother of the child, the PCSA or PCPA involved in arranging the adoption of the child, or attorneys representing any of these parties may request the status of a final search if results have not been received within seven business days of the date the final request was submitted.
(H) The PCSA or PCPA is not required to search the OPFR for court proceedings on adoption of a child if:
(1) The mother was married at the time the child was born or conceived.
(2) The parent placing the child previously adopted the child.
(3) Prior to the date the petition to adopt the child is filed, a man has been determined to have a parent and child relationship with the minor by:
(a) A court proceeding pursuant to sections 3111.01 to 3111.18 of the Revised Code.
(b) A court proceeding in another state.
(c) An administrative agency proceeding pursuant to sections 3111.38 to 3111.54 of the Revised Code.
(d) An administrative agency proceeding in another state.
(e) A signed acknowledgment pursuant to section 2151.232, 3111.25 or 3111.821 of the Revised Code.
(4) The PCSA or PCPA has permanent custody of the child pursuant to Chapter 2151. or division (B) of section 5103.15 of the Revised Code.
(I) The PCSA or PCPA arranging the adoption shall file the response received from the Ohio putative father registry's office with the court prior to the issuance of the final adoption decree or the interlocutory order of adoption.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/09/2014 and 10/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3107.065, 5153.16
Rule Amplifies: 3107.062, 3107.063, 3107.064, 5153.16
Prior Effective Dates: 1/14/83, 6/1/85 (Emer.), 8/12/85, 9/18/96, 2/13/98(Emer.), 5/14/98, 9/1/03, 5/15/09, 3/1/11