Paternity establishment means the legal process to determine the parentage of a child born out of wedlock.
Your child has a right to a sense of belonging that comes from knowing who both parents are. This includes having the father's name on the birth certificate and establishing a tie to the Tribal community.
Both parents are morally responsible to emotionally and spiritually support their child while being legally obligated to financially support them.
Children who have the support of both parents do better as they journey through life. Your child has a right to know their complete medical history from both parents and they have a right to the various benefits that might be available through one or the other parent, including:
- Tribal Identity and Enrollment
- Tribal Benefits
- Social Security Benefits
- Inheritance Rights
- Veteran's Benefits
Paternity can be established in two ways:
- Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity
- Court Order
The OCSS provides paternity establishment services including genetic testing at a substantially reduced cost.