The Oregon Paternity Project is a collaborative effort to help parents establish legal paternity for their children. By establishing legal paternity, the Project seeks to ensure that children have access to their rights, including health information (including the father's medical history), social and legal benefits (including the father's medical insurance and Social Security, veterans', workers' compensation, and inheritance benefits), services that promote their well being, and international travel (without a legal father on the birth certificate, a child may not be able to get a US passport).

Paternity establishment services include:
-Providing parents with a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form and information on how to complete it
-Free notary service for the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form
-Filing the form with Oregon Vital Records
-Paying the fee to add the father's name to the child's birth certificate
-Free DNA testing, if needed (available for qualifying parents at all child support offices in Oregon)
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Eligibility: To qualify for free paternity establishment services, the following criteria must be met:
-The child must have been born in Oregon
-The child is currently under age 18
-The child does not already have a legal father
-The mother was not married to another man when the child was born
-The child is not currently on public assistance or in state care (if so, the state should already be establishing paternity)
-Your rights as a parent have not been terminated for the child whose paternity will be established
-The child has not been legally adopted by someone else
-There is no court order saying the alleged father is not the child’s biological parent
Hours: Not applicable
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (503) 378-4400 Main phone
Email Address: AttorneyGeneral@doj.state.or.us
INTAKE PROCEDURE: Call local child support office for assistance. Paternity is legally established once Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity paperwork is completed, signed by both parents, notarized, and filed with Oregon Vital Records.
FEES: None
DOCUMENTS: Call for information
AREA SERVED: State of Oregon
SITE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
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