Idaho Father and Mother get pregnant. Father and Mother get engaged.
Six months into the pregnancy, Mother calls the engagement off, breaks up with Father and cuts Father out of her life completely.
Father claims to contact state department of health and welfare to find out how to protect his rights to his child. They supposedly tell him he must wait until baby is born.
Next thing Father knows, he hears Mother’s baby has been adopted. Without a word to him.
Father took his case all the way to the Idaho Supreme Court. But he lost.
Because he didn’t timely register with Idaho’s Putative Father Registry. Because he says he didn’t know about it.
A number of states, including Florida, now have a putative father registry scheme and a requirement to timely register with it to assert parental rights and block any adoption.
Despite Father’s wishes, Mother says it was best for the baby to put it up for adoption.