Adoption attorney, Randall Hicks, serving Los Angeles and Southern California for adult adoptions and stepparent adoptions.

Hi, I'm Randy Hicks . . .

I limit my practice to adoption, and have done so for 36 years. My goal is to make adoption fast, affordable and worry-free. Depending on your county, most adoptions can be done in just several months, start-to-finish. I know all the "tricks" for the fastest possible adoption learned in three+ decades of doing adoption cases.

I offer a free, very detailed consultation (30-40 minutes) via Zoom. There is no need to leave your home. Please click below on the type of adoption of interest to you, STEPPARENT ADOPTION (children under age 18) or ADULT ADOPTION (for step children or any person being adopted aged 18+) - read about it - then complete the Questionnaire  to give details about your case, then click "submit". You will be contacted shortly to schedule the consultation.

Home of the Flat Fee . . .

I understand you want to know in advance what your stepparent or adult adoption will cost, so I have a flat fee of just $2,250 for adult adoptions. The flat fee is $2,500 for stepparent adoptions (children under 18). Usually no hourly fees!


  • 4025 Camino Del Rio S., Suite 300 • San Diego, CA 92108 • 619-542-7715
  • 11801 Pierce Street, Suite 200 • Riverside, CA 92505 • 951-787-8300
  • 2030 Main Street, Suite 1300 • Irvine, CA 92614 • 949-260-4705
  • 15260 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1200 • Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 • 818-582-2374
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    Randy has written several adoption books, featured on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Sally Jesse Raphael and PBS. His book on effective step parenting is an Amazon bestseller in the "step parenting books" category. To learn about other helpful stepparent books visit

Please use the links below to read client reviews and verify Randy's credentials:

It's easy to get started…

STEP ONE: Read our detailed summary of stepparent or adult adoption laws and procedures for your county using the links above. You are welcome to call us to get acquainted and we are happy to answer a quick question or two. But for a free full consultation (about 30 minutes), you need to first fill out the online Stepparent Adoption Questionnaire, or Adult Adoption Questionnaire, which gives us the needed details about your case to fully advise you, and do the legal documents should you wish to later retain us and go forward. There is no charge for this consultation.

STEP TWO: After your consultation, we will email you our short and simple retainer. It will specify the flat fee of $1,850 for an adult adoption or $2,500 for a stepparent of a minor child adoption. We pay the court filing fee for you, as well as normal office costs that most lawyers charge extra for - out of our fee.

STEP THREE: Upon receiving your retainer, within just five business days we will have the necessary adoption documents required by the court and Vital Records completed and emailed to you to sign and return, at which time we will file your case with the court and the process begins. We will continue to work with you until the adoption is approved by the court, usually about 8-16 weeks later (varies by which county you live in).