My female friend who is Thai has a child from an American citizen. She is attempting to gain an US passport for the child. The US Embassy in Thailand is telling her that the father has to petition for the passport. The father acknowledges the child is his, and there is a signed birth certificate. The father has not taken any steps to get the child the passport. Is there anything left for my friend to do? My belief is the father is reluctant to petition for the passport because he fears there will be financial consequences (child support).