San Diego, Riverside County Step Parent Adoption Attorney, Lawyer, adult adoption

About Adult Adoption Lawyer, Randall Hicks

 34 years of experience - doing solely adoption cases.
 100+ five-star client reviews and highest rating on Avvo.
Rated AV "preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell,  the highest possible rating and achieved by only the top 10% of attorneys nationwide.
A+ BBB rating.
Five-star Yelp and Google ratings.
Member of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers (ACAL).
Leading author on adoption and stepparenting.
Profiled on Wikipedia as an attorney and author.

Randy does his consultations for adult adoption and stepparent adoption (approximately 30 minutes and free) by phone or video (Zoom). There is no need to leave your home. To schedule your free consultation, complete the Adult Adoption or Stepparent Adoption Questionnaire.

Hello, I'm Randall Hicks and I'm an adoption attorney. Unlike most family law lawyers (who just dabble in adoption and do 99% divorce and child custody), I limit my practice to adult adoption and stepparent adoption, and have practiced adoption law exclusively for 34 years. My goal is to make adult adoption affordable, fast and worry-free. (This page is dedicated to giving you information about myself as an adult adoption lawyer. To learn about stepparent adoption if your stepchild is under age 18, please click here.)

I love what I do and believe I do a good job for all my clients and strive to return calls or emails within one day. Actually, I am in the latter years of my career and have scaled down my law practice. While most lawyers try to appear "big time," as I've become older I'm proud of being an adoption lawyer whose law practice is "small."

Randall Hicks Adoption Attorney, adoption booksWhen I first opened my adoption law practice right out of Pepperdine Law School, I was a one-man office. I did everything. Me and only me. And I loved it. As years went by, I was fortunate to become successful. My staff grew, I expanded to include an international adoption program in Ukraine, and I wrote several popular adoption/parenting books that were featured on The Today Show and CBS This Morning, as well as other national TV shows that are no longer on the air, like Sally Jesse Raphael, John & Leeza from Hollywood, Mike & Maty and The Home Show. I hosted the 1991 PBS series, Adoption Forum.

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But then several years ago I realized I was burning the candle at both ends. I still loved being an adoption attorney, just not on the scale I was doing it. So I stopped doing both domestic newborn and international adoptions. The "smaller" me also let my staff go, and I have reverted back to how my law practice was when I first started out . . . when I actually enjoyed it the most, personally knowing each client and having plenty of time on each case, and doing all the work myself. I keep things small by now limiting my practice to adult adoptions and stepparent adoptions.

Since I do all the legal work myself you deal only with me, with the exception of a receptionist to answer incoming calls. Although I have multiple offices (since my legal focus is so narrow, I need to work over a multi-county area), each office is simply an "executive suite" where there is a shared receptionist, thus keeping my costs down, which in turn lets me keep my fees low. Unlike many adoption attorneys where getting past the receptionist is impossible, I am happy to answer a quick question about adult adoption, or step parent adoption even for non-clients at the numbers below, or at

On the personal side, I have two children (now adults) and I'm proud they are brave people contributing to the world. (My daughter is a teacher in Asia, and my son an aspiring photographer.) The highlight of my life has been raising my children and watching them grow up, and I know your family is just as important to you. I would be honored to be a part of enriching and strengthening your family via adoption.

If you are planning a stepparent adoption of a child under age 18, please visit my Stepparent Adoption Center. To plan an adult adoption (adoptee 18+), please click here.

Client Reviews
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Adoption
Posted by Tim, January 31, 2021

Randy was super helpful and easy to use. This was my first experience using a lawyer for anything. He made the entire adoption process simple, informative, and as quick as possible.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Great attorney
Posted by Michael, January 10, 2021

Randall did a great job handling the adoption of my adult son. I recommend him highly.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Great lawyer
Posted by Jessica, December 26, 2020

Randy is an excellent attorney. He went above and beyond! He made sure we understood clearly the process of our stepparent adoption. He was very organized, communicative, kind, easy going, helpful and thorough. He made sure we had a pleasant experience through all the court process, I couldn’t have had it better. Thank goodness we found him.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Great experience
Posted by Marta, October 11, 2020

I had a great experience with Mr. HICKS. He is very responsive and professional. I highly recommend him.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  Consummate Professional
Posted by Esther, January 14, 2020

Randy Hicks was the consummate professional in our Adult Adoption proceedings. Ours was a bit tricky with an overseas birth but he navigated those waters with mastery. We are thrilled with Randy - don't hesitate one minute in seeking out his expertise. We highly recommend his expert lawyering!

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San Diego, CA 92108

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