Under regulations at Sec. 302.70(a)(5)(iii), States are required
to explain to both parents the rights and responsibilities of
. The explanation should describe the rights and
responsibilities, including the duty to support the child financially,
that each party will assume as a result of signing the acknowledgment.
For out-of-hospital acknowledgments, as long as the explanation
meets State due process requirements, it may be verbal or in writing.
However, we recommend that this disclosure of rights be provided in a
written format that is clear and easily understood. Furthermore, we
encourage States to place this written explanation on the
acknowledgment form itself.