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What if the birth mother will not say who the birth father is?

In Virginia Adoption Law, birth fathers have full parental rights.  Consequently, a birth mother has no legal right to conceal the identity of the birth father.  They must either consent to the adoption in writing or be served with notice of the adoption.  

If the birth father cannot be identified, can an adoption still go forward?

Sometimes a birth mother does not know the full identity of the birth father.  However, it is also important to understand that a birth mother may be reluctant to identify the birth father because of various emotions, such as shame or fear, and may simply deny knowing his identity.  

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