Dear friends of adoption:

Welcome to my website, intended to tell you more about adoption, and my law practice. As an attorney, I dedicate my practice exclusively to adoption (both step-parent and traditional), and have done so for thirty years. I love my job - creating families - as I believe adoption is the ultimate loving act - putting a child first. Adoption can be a complex legal act, but I strive to make it feel smooth, simple and emotionally rewarding for everyone I work with.

I'd like to do two things, first to tell you about adoption (so you can see if it is right for you); and second, tell you about me (so you can see if I am the right attorney for you). To learn the basics of California adoption law, click here. I have a special website dedicated to stepparent adoption, so for that please click on the "Stepparent Adoption" box on the right. To learn more about my qualifications, click here. For now, however, here is some basic information about me:


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  • I have been a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (only 24 attorneys are admitted in California) from 1992-2016 (although I recently terminated my membership due to not having time to attend required out-of-state membership meetings).I strive to educate the public in planning safe, ethical and loving adoptions and have authored several books on both stepparent and traditional adoption. (The covers are below, available at internet retailers like Amazon.)
  • In my law practice I do ONLY adoptions (private/independent, agency and stepparent). I'm very "hands on" and handle every case personally. I keep my practice small for true personal service. (I don't have junior associates or paralegals that you get passed to.) Or as some might say, I'm just semi-old and semi-retired.

To contact me and learn more, you can call me at my main office number: 951-787-8300.(I have offices in Riverside, San Diego and irvine, California, and work with adoptive parents throughout southern California, and birth mothers from around the nation - although I'd say most live in southern California.

Pregnant? If you are a birth mother, you can click here to learn more about adoption. You are welcome to call or email me. You can email me by clicking here.

Whether you are considering placing a child for adoption, or building your family through adoption, I look forward to speaking to you!






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Law Offices of Randall Hicks
11801 Pierce Street, Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92505

Phone: 951-787-8300

Email Randy: click here