Can rapist really block his victim from putting the resulting child up for adoption?
I don't want to derail the other GQ thread any more than it already is. IANAL, but it's my understanding that if a woman (or underage girl) gives birth she can't put the kid up for adoption without the biological father agreeing to terminate his parental rights. Does this really apply to women who've been raped as well? How hard is it really for a family court judge to involuntarily terminate his rights (especially if he's actually convicted of the rape)? Who takes care of the child while it's "in limbo"? Does the woman have to take it home and care for it or is it put in foster care while everything is sorted out? What if at the time of birth the identity of rapist/bio-dad is unknown? If he's caught & tried before the statue of limitations runs out can he demand the adoption be "cancelled"? Could he force the adoptive parents to bring the child to visit him in prison? Does it make a difference whether it was statutory rape or forcible rape? How do adoption agencies in general handle it if the father's identity is unknown or the mother refuses to name him?
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