Fathers in Child Dependency Cases

The National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System
This website features resources for attorneys and fathers, including articles, policy briefs, and checklists. Also, the site offers a free book and corresponding curriculum "Advocating for Non-Resident Fathers in Child Welfare Court Cases" which covers topics such as constitutional rights, out-of-court advocacy, courtroom techniques, and ethics.

By the American Humane Association, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and National Fatherhood Initiative.


Challenges to Paternity Orders in Oregon -- Standing and Grounds
Ordinarily parties to a judicial or administrative procedure that results in the establishment of legal paternity may not challenge the finding after the time for appeal has expired. Oregon statutes create limited exceptions to this rule. While res judicata would not bar a third party's collateral attack on a paternity finding unless the party were in privity with one of the original parties, a court might bar an attack on policy grounds under some circumstances. In addition, a person who would otherwise have standing and grounds to challenge a paternity finding may be equitably stopped from doing so if he or she has made representations inconsistent with the challenge upon which another has relied.

By The Oregon Child Advocacy Project, Professor Leslie J. Harris and Molly Allen, June 2006 (Note: This memo does not reflect changes enacted by the legislature in 2007.)