the parent or putative father by publication one time in both
a newspaper of general circulation and in the county legal
journal at least 10 days before the date of the hearing.
(2) Proof of publication of the notice provided under
this subsection must be submitted to the court.
(c) Waiver of diligent search and publication of notice.--
(1) If the putative father knows or has reason to know
of the child's birth, and the putative father has failed to
make reasonable efforts to maintain substantial and
continuing contact with the child and provide substantial
financial support for the child, the court may waive the
requirement for a diligent search and the publication of
(2) Notice to a putative father shall be considered
given under this section if the court waives the requirement
for a diligent search and the publication of notice and makes
a specific determination that additional efforts to locate or
identify the putative father and provide notice do not serve
the best interests of the child.
(d) (c) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
" Diligent search." A search made to identify and locate a
parent or putative father for the purpose of providing notice in
an adoption proceeding. A diligent search shall include, but not
be limited to, all of the following:
(1) An inquiry to the United States Postal Service to
determine the last known address of the individual.
(2) An inquiry to or search of the records of the
Department of Human Services, or its equivalent in the state
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