My wife and I have been married since Sep 2000 and were living togeather in March of the same year. She has 2 children by two different fathers. The oldest one's father is in the picture and active in her life. The youngest 8 yrs old now, has never seen her birth father and has lived with me since she was 1.5 years old. She has been brought up with me as her father for the past 6 and a half years. She knows about her birth father but the last time my wife heard from him in 2001 he didn't want anything to do with the child if he couldn't have my wife.

I want to adopt her but we haven't been able to find him or locate a good number for the past 3 years (since we've started looking). He has been married several times before and has several children scattered across the country (he was in the Army). We have never sought or received child support or any other support by him.

The father on the child's birth certificate is listed as "unknown" or is just blank (I don't recall right off)