Randall Hicks limits his practice to adoption (stepparent, independent, agency). He is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and is also the author of several leading adoption books: ADOPTION: The Essential Guide to Adoption Quickly and Safely, ADOPTING IN AMERICA: How To Adopt Within One Year and Adoption Stories for Young Children.
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.
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.
Languages spoken: English, French
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I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Hicks on adoption matters between his state (CA) and mine (NJ). As an adoption attorney myself I found him extremely easy to work with, totally responsive and available, and highly ethical. I was also impressed by the care and concern he had for his clients.
Donald Cofsky Adoption Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Author Award||City of Los Angeles, American Business Women's Association||2006|
|Best Debut Mystery Novel (for The Baby Game)||Editors of Mystery Ink||2005|
|Sole practitioner||Law Offices of Randall Hicks||1987 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Adoption Attorneys||Fellow||1992 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||1988 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1986 - Present|
|Academy of California Adoption Lawyers||fellow||1998 - 2005|
|Orange County Adoption Council||member||1989 - 2001|
|In re Bridget and Lucy R.||Appellate court ruled for adoptive parents|
|In Re Wanomi P.||A case won in the California appellate court|
|Jinny N. v. Superior Court||Adopting mother/petitioner won in appellate court|
|See all legal cases|
|California Lawyer Magazine||In Pro Per: Man of Mystery||2008|
|How To Non-fiction, Penguin Publishing/Perigee Trade||ADOPTION: The Essential Guide to Adopting Quickly and Safely||2007|
|How to guide, WordSlinger Press||ADOPTING IN AMERICA: How To Adopt Within One Year||2005|
|Fiction novel - WordSlinger Press||The Baby Game||2005|
|Non-fiction how to legal guide||ADOPTING IN CALIFORNIA: How To Adopt Within One Year||1999|
|Fiction - children's book||Adoption Stories for Young Children||1995|
|Orange County Lawyer Magazine||How to Terminate Parental Rights||1994|
|Resolve National Newsletter||Selecting an Adoption Attorney||1993|
|Orange County Medical Association||The Role of the Physician in Adoption||1989|
|The Female Patient||Alternatives in Adoption||1988|
|Orange County Bar Association||How to Handle Adoptions in Orange County||1988|
|Physician Assistant||Alternatives in Adoption||1988|
|Orange County Psychologist||The Psychologist's Role in Adoption||1988|
|Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal||Requiem for a Parody||1985|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|California State University, Long Beach||Criminal Justice||MA - Masters||1980|
|California State University, Fullerton||Criminal Justice||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|Resolve Adoption Seminar||How to adopt||2008|
|CBS This Morning||legal issues in adoption||2008|
|Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, practice seminar||Adoption||2002|
|Mike & Mady Show (NBC)||legal and emotional issues in adoption||1997|
|The Home Show (Family Network)||legal issues in adoption||1996|
|North American Council for Adoptable Children (NACAC)||adoption||1996|
|John and Leeza from Hollywood (NBC)||legal issues in adoption||1996|
|Orange County Adoption Faire||Adoption||1990|