father, at the address appearing in the affidavit, the copy of the notice, certified mail, return receipt requested. The envelope and return receipt shall bear the return address of the Clerk. The receipt for certified mail shall state the name and address of the addressee, and the date of mailing, and shall be attached to the original notice.
(b) The notice shall read as follows:
IN THE MATTER OF NOTICE TO .......... PRESUMED FATHER.
You have been identified as the presumed father of .........
born on .........
The mother of the child is .........
An action is being brought to establish the parent and child relationship
between the named child and a man named by the mother, .........
Under the law, you are presumed to be the father if (1) you and the
child's mother are or have been married to each other, and the child was
born or conceived during the marriage; or if (2) upon the child's birth,
you and the child's mother married each other and you were named, with your
consent, as the child's father on the child's birth certificate.
As the presumed father, you have certain legal rights with respect to the
named child, including the right to notice of the filing of proceedings
instituted for the establishment of parentage of said child and if named as
the father in a petition to establish parentage, the right to submit, along
with the mother and child, to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests to determine
inherited characteristics. If you wish
to retain your rights with respect to said child, you must file with the
Clerk of this Circuit Court of ......... County, Illinois whose address is
........, Illinois, within 30 days after the date of receipt of this
notice, a declaration of parentage stating that you are, in fact, the
father of said child and that you intend to retain your legal rights with
respect to said child, or request to be notified of any further proceedings
with respect to the parentage of said child.
If you do not file such declaration of parentage, or a request for
notice, then whatever legal rights you have with respect to the named
child, including the right to notice of any future proceedings for the
establishment of parentage of the child, may be terminated without any
further notice to you. When your legal rights with respect to the named
child are so terminated, you will not be entitled to notice of any
(c) The notice to presumed fathers provided for in this Section in any
action brought by a public agency shall be prepared and mailed by such
public agency and the mailing fee to the Clerk shall be waived.
(Source: P.A. 90-23, eff. 1-1-98.)