Begun in October 1994 as the In-Hospital Paternity Acknowledgement Program, the purpose of the Voluntary Affidavit of Paternity Program is to make it easier for unmarried fathers to acknowledge their children at or near the time of their birth, and, in so doing, increase the number of paternities established and the amounts of child support collected for non-marital children. Affidavits of Parentage are available in all birthing facilities in Maryland. Signed affidavits authorize the inclusion of the father's name on a child's birth certificate, and are and remain a legal finding of paternity, unless rescinded within the first 60 days.

The Family Welfare Research and Training Group has been responsible for maintaining the paternity affidavit database for the Child Support Enforcement Administration (CSEA) since January, 1997. One of their most rewarding responsibilities has been and continues to be providing real time service to local Child Support offices across the state. We welcome telephone and fax inquiries from workers in all areas of Child Support - Intake, Location, Establishment, Enforcement and Legal Services - who need information regarding any of the data elements on any affidavit signed since October, 1994. The information can be retrieved and transmitted in a matter of minutes. PAIR staff members have developed extraordinary relationships with workers from most jurisdictions who appreciate the rapidity with which they respond to their requests for assistance. In 2010, the Group's Faxback service handled an average of 698 affidavit requests a month.

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