Quotes & Interviews



January 21, 2007

Erik Smith was interviewed for The Adoption Show (podcast available)


June 17, 2006

Erik Smith was interviewed by the PBS program To the Contrary on the topic of father registries


June 4, 2006

Unwed dads get state's help in finding kids, The Columbus Dispatch


March 27, 2006

Erik Smith was interviewed on NPR (podcast available)


March 20, 2006

Erik Smith appeared on CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees with Adam Pertman and Mary Beck (transcript available)


March 19, 2006

Unwed Fathers Fight for Babies Placed for Adoption by Mothers, New York Times


Dads: How to protect your rights, Cleveland Plain Dealer (article no longer available)



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In the United States there are so many laws on the books that some say that each of us commits on the average of three felonies a day without even knowing. Of course some laws are violated accidentally, some through impulse, some because of bad thinking while on drugs and some through a neglect of your overall thought processes.   Regardless of the circumstances, If you ever find yourself charged with or under suspicion of a crime, it is important that you seek legal counsel and do not talk to the police without having your attorney present.

My duty if I am your attorney is to provide you with the best legal defense possible.  I promise to do that no matter how socially despised you are and no matter what you are charged with.  


The below videos have become somewhat classics, they are presented not as legal advice but for informational purposes only. Your ability to conduct yourself properly both verbally and physically during an encounter with the police, protects your rights, and makes it safer for you and the police officers.



A documentary regarding encounters with the police. the video quality isn't that good, but there are some good lessons to be learned



The Ohio Putative Father Registry–the WHAT?

I am a single man. Yet I had been in Ohio for over a year before hearing of the Ohio Putative Father Registry, and then only in a Probate Law class. The professor was covering how a child could be adopted without the birth father's consent. "ORC 3701.061: A man who has sexual intercourse with a woman is on notice that if a child is born as a result and the man is the putative father, the child may be adopted without his consent pursuant to division (B) of section 3107 of the Revised Code." That section required the man sign the Putative Father Registry within thirty days after the birth to get notice of the adoption.


Ohio Putative Father Registry: The Basics

Unwed fathers are entitled to notice of petitions to adopt their biological children. Yet many fathers lose this right by not registering timely with the Ohio putative father registry (PFR).1R.C. 3107.062. Because adoptions are probate proceedings, lawyers practicing juvenile, domestic relations, or traditional probate law may not understand how the Ohio PFR applies.  At initial consultations then, attorneys may omit counseling fathers about the registry and refer them to attorneys with more specialized experience. But the strict registration deadline, and often unknown deadline date, demand that the father register immediately. Thus the attorney should consider counseling the client about the PFR and help him register that day before referring him. This article gives the information needed to do that.

Preventing Your Infant Child From Being Adopted Without Your Consent


Consult an adoption law or family law attorney. Otherwise: An unwed father has no absolute right to veto an adoption. You must take action to preserve your rights. Whether the mother is considering adoption or not, an unwed father should, as soon as possible and preferably before the birth:

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