If you are in a relationship (not a marriage) and your significant other gets pregnant and wants to give the baby up for adoption but you want to keep it, she does not have the right to put it up for adoption without your consent. If a man acknowledges that he is the father, his approval is obligatory before the baby can be adopted. Fathers’ rights have become more strongly protected by the law but also vary from state to state. If you don’t want your baby to be adopted, you should acknowledge paternity and make your choice clear to the mother that you will not stand for letting your parental rights be terminated. Filing a paternity action to establish your parental rights is something you should greatly consider.