CHA News Article

Hospitals Required to Offer Declaration of Paternity Forms

State law requires birthing hospitals to offer fathers — if available — the opportunity to complete a Declaration of Paternity form when the mother is unmarried.

Hospitals must attempt to have the parents complete all required data elements on the Declaration of Paternity form (CS 909) prior to submission to the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). DCSS has asked CHA to remind hospitals that the Social Security number (SSN) field must be completed. Individuals who do not have a SSN should check the box on the form that states, “By checking this box, I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that I do not have a Social Security number.” If a parent declines to provide a SSN or select the check box, the Declaration of Paternity form may not be used to establish paternity. Incomplete forms should not be sent to DCSS.

Additional details about the Declaration of Paternity form and process are included in CHA’s Consent Manual – A Reference for Consent and Related Healthcare Law. Questions about the Declaration of Paternity form should be directed to the California Paternity Opportunity Program at askpop@dcss.ca.gov or (916) 464-1982.

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