Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP)

A Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage (VAP) is a legally-binding document that establishes one's legal parentage for a child.


If you are present with the biological mother at the hospital when a child is born, and the two of you are not married, you will generally be given the option of signing a VAP. You may also request to sign a VAP for a child contacting the Department of Family Services (HFS), but only if the child does not already have two legal parents.


If a signed VAP is approved, the name of the signee will typically be placed on the child's birth certificate.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SIGNING A VAP: