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Offering unmarried parents the opportunity to complete a voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) form can give a child the start he or she needs in life—two caring parents.

Instructions to complete the AOP form

The AOP Instructions page contains an illustrated review of the steps to complete the LDSS-4418, New York State's voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) form.

The Training Guide (PDF) presents detailed instructions for providers and information for parents.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Parents often ask certain questions about signing an AOP form, so we provide answers on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Download forms and publications

The Download page provides links to download blank forms, the training guide, brochures, and videos. In addition, our training video can be viewed online (a transcript is also available). Viewing the video meets the legal requirement to provide oral notice of the parents' rights and responsibilities pertaining to the AOP form.

Order materials

The Order page includes a fill-in enabled PDF form you can use to request materials from us, including blank acknowledgment forms, brochures and copies of our training video.

Access and visitation services

The Supervised Visitation page includes information about access and visitation services and an interactive map showing the locations of authorized contractors in New York State.

Comments welcome

Please feel free to contact us with comments or suggestions about adding information to these pages.