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State of Ohio, Putative Father Registry​ (OPFR)

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 acknowledgment of paternity affidavit before the filing of an adoption petition for the child.

If a child's mother 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.

Why should someone register with the Ohio Putative Father Registry?

  • If the putative father does not register with the OPFR before or within 15 days of the child's birth, the child could be legally adopted without the putative father's knowledge or consent.
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library​

Free books for children ages birth to five!  A 60 volume set of books beginning with the children's classic The Little Engine That Could.  Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home.  Best of all it is FREE!  The books are provided through United Way of Summit County - there is no cost or obligation to your family.  Click here for application form.


All Pro Dad
Launched in 1997 with the help of Tony Dungy, then head coach of the 2006 Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, All Pro Dad gives men the resources and encouragement they need to become better fathers. All Pro Dad is built on a football theme and features more than 50 NFL players, coaches and alumni who speak out on the importance of being a good father.

American Coalition of Fathers and Children
The members of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children dedicate ourselves to the creation of a family law system and public awareness which promotes equal rights for ALL parties affected by issues of the modern family. ACFC is challenging the current system of American family law and policy. Through a national system of local affiliates and in alliance with other pro-family and civil liberties groups, ACFC is shifting the public debate to the real causes of family dissolution.

The National Center for Fathering
We believe every child needs a dad they can count on. The research is clear: children thrive when they have an involved father.

Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland
There can never be too many healthy fathers and father figures in the lives of Greater Cleveland's children. The Healthy Fathering Collaborative believes in supporting and empowering fathers to develop their assets as nurturers, caregivers and providers of their children. The HFC is a leader in the Asset-Based Fatherhood Movement.

National Fatherhood Initiative
Our mission is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers. We're working to educate all Americans, especially fathers, about the important role dads play. 

There are four key tools we use:

  1. Public Service Announcements: Over the past 10 years, NFI's public service announcements have earned a record number of spots and almost unprecedented popularity.

  2. Media Appearances: NFI appears regularly in TV, radio, and print media, including The Oprah Show, The Today Show, C-SPAN, Fox News, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and others.

  3. Research: Partnering with outside scholars, NFI produces a wide variety of research on the effects and costs of father absence, including Father Facts 5, the largest collection of research ever assembled. and

  4. Website: The NFI website reaches thousands of individuals each day and the weekly Dad E-mail, filled with parenting hints and tips, is delivered to thousands of inboxes.

Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
In 2007 Governor Ted Strickland reestablished the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood by convening newly appointment Commission members and setting aside a portion of the Governor's Office Faith-Based and Community Initiative's (GOFBCI) appropriations for staff support and an Ohio Fatherhood Initiative grant program. Mission:

Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers & Families
The Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Family is a Statewide Network of fatherhood practitioners and stakeholders whose mission is to enhance the outcomes of children, families, and communities by providing information, training and encouragement to father and family-serving practitioners. 


  • Build capacity for fatherhood work in Ohio through collaborative processes.
  • Provide support and network opportunities for practitioners and organization serving fathers and families.
  • Facilitate easy access to information and best practices tools to strengthen fathers.
  • Advocate for public policy that fosters healthy, consistent, and supportive connections between fathers and their families.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to help communities develop or expand fatherhood programs and services.

How to Spy on Your Kids
Don't let your kids read this article. They don't need to know all your secrets. Now, because my five kids will eventually read the following paragraphs, I may have to deliver this concept in dad-to-dad code, but I have a good sense you're smart enough to read between the lines.

Dads Rights
A website dedicated to providing Fathers with legal assistance/advice.

Fathering in America: What's A Dad Supposed To Do?
An easy-to-read list of suggestions to help fathers who are struggling with how to get involved. This article lays out several ideas related to the active role fathers can play in the lives of their children and families.

Constancy, Care and Courage: The 3 Cs of Successful Fathering
Remembering what children need: constancy, care, and courage; QUICK TIPS on how to implement these values to help your everyday fathering become more effective.

Summary of a recent study done by researchers at Concordia University on the positive influence that fathers can have on the development of their children through hands-on parenting.

Fatherhood as a Hidden Variable in Men's Development and Life Courses
The authors examine the consequences of fatherhood for men.

A Meta-Analysis of Father Involvement in Parent Training
Researchers investigate whether including fathers in parent training enhances outcomes and whether mothers and fathers benefit equally from parent training. Results show the importance of father involvement in parenting programs

10 Cool Father-Daughter Activities
Check out these ten ideas for activities for you and your daughter. She will love to spend the time with you!

10 Cool Father-Son Activities
Men often build relationships best by DOING things together. Take a moment to check out these ten ideas for spending time with your son!

20 Long Distance Activities for Dads at a Distance
Whether you often travel for business, only see your children on the weekends, or live in another state, there are still ways you can be involved in the lives of your children and show them how much you value them. Check out these twenty things to do to help bridge the gap between you and your child.

10 Ways to Be a Better Dad
Released by the National Fatherhood Initiative: Ten steps you can take to become a better role model and father to your children.

Talking With Teachers About Student Progress
Communicating with your child's teacher is extremely important to your child's success in school. Here are some suggestions concerning what to say, when to say it, and how to get the conversation started.

Advice for new dads
A website that provides a wealth of information regarding subjects new fathers need to know.

The Ohio State University Extension Office
The OSU Extension Office offers numerous resources on a variety of different topics dealing with parenting issues, child development, cultural issues effecting your family, and much more!

Tips for Divorced Parents
How parents can successfully co-parent even if they no longer live together.

For Our Children, Learning to Work Together: Co-Parenting Guide
An extensive guide to help parents who find themselves in a co-parenting situation. Covers many different topics including why co-parenting is important, communication with the other parent, talking to your child, and consistency, among other things.

How to Teach Your Children Discipline
Helpful advice for dads with questions about discipline.

Daughters Need Fathers, Too
Speaks about the importance of Father's role in daughter's life.