Randall Hicks limits his practice to adoption (primarily stepparent). He is the author of several leading adoption books: STEP PARENTING: 50 One-Minute DOs & DON'Ts for Stepdads & Stepmoms and ADOPTING IN AMERICA: How To Adopt Within One Year (for adoptive parents planning a traditional adoption).
Virtually all other attorneys doing stepparent and newborn adoptions are family law practitioners, meaning 99% of their practice is likely divorce and child custody. Because Randy does nothing but adoptions, he believes he can do them better, faster, and less expensively. Most importantly, his approach is very personal as he understands the importance of the creation of a family and had dedicated his professional life to that one goal.
His Stepparent Adoption Center features a flat fee of only $1,500 for most uncontested stepparent adoptions, which even includes the court filing fee. This includes not only the usual work associated with the adoption and obtaining the absent parent's consent, but even appearing with the family in the finalization court hearing.
Thanks to a change in the California Family Code in 2017, most attorneys don't know that stepparent investigations can now be done by a private adoption agency, not just the county entity. This means that the typical time to complete can be reduced to about three months, rather than 6-12 months when done by the county.
His books, and their focus on ethical and affordable adoption, have been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun Times, and on television programs like CBS This Morning, The Home Show, Mike & Maty, Leeza Gibbons, and Sally Jessy Raphael. Randy was also the host of the 1991 PBS educational series, Adoption Forum.
For information about stepparent adoption, please visit StepparentAdoptionCenter.com. For independent and agency adoption, please visit RandallHicks.com.