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The first article is a in depth review of the Florida legislature surround the rights of the birth father. They acknowledge that birth fathers are most commonly forgotten fathers. If they are not present, they rarely get notified and if they do they usually want nothing to do with the situation. There are about 31% of births in the US that happen outside of marriage. If the mother does not want to raise the child, it is imperative to find the father to see if he will raise the child before turning to other alternatives. The new legislature would, the birth father is not found through a background check, require mothers to place a notification in the newspaper containing personal information and announcing the pregnancy (Finley, 2002). This would create an enormous amount of anxiety and embarrassment for the mother. After the father has been found and notified, the next issue lies in whose
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The Hidden Voices 9 rights prevail. Does the mother inherently have the right to the child because she carried it for nine months? Most mothers might say so, but I Am states very clearly that he sees this injustice and wants it to change. He knows that his biological son is just as much his as it is Athena's, and they both get to make the decision about where to place him. Many birth fathers do leave birth mothers, but just as many birth mothers leave as well. The birth father deserves to be notified if he has fathered a child so he can have a say in what happens next. Another study, done by Cecilia Whitney, looked at 76 birth fathers in England who had lost their child either due to adoption during infancy or through a divorce. These fathers mostly reported similar feelings and reactions to their situations. Most fathers recalled that they had been in long-term, loving relationships but were too young to be married. When their partner became pregnant, they were isolated from the decision, usually from the birth mother's parents. At the time, unwanted pregnancies were shunned and the mother was sent away to have the baby in secret and hand it off to a waiting couple. The birth father had no say in this decision, they were given a form to sign and they never heard about it again. They were never informed of their rights and they were rarely named on the birth certificate. These fathers showed a true determination to find their children and many did. There was a lot of anger and shock after all parties discovered the situation. The divorcees had a similar situation. They did not realize until the end of the divorce process that they would lose the rights to their children. Especially after the mother remarried and the children were adopted by a step parent. The major difference is that the children from divorces were usually older, so the birth father had a chance to create a bond with them that was later broken. This is similar to the previous study in terms of how I Am would react. He would be outraged at the blatant disregard for the birth father's rights.
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  • Fall '12
  • HaroldGrotevant
  • Psychology, Todd, Hidden Voices

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