Did you Know?

There are children of all ages
who are legally free to be adopted and are
waiting for their “Forever Family” right here in
the State of Arizona.

The Shanker Law Firm Services

The Shanker Law Firm is a Full Service Adoption and Guardianship Firm Representing the Diverse Needs of Individuals & Families Statewide:

Foster Parents/Kinship Adoptions

  • Representation of licensed and unlicensed foster parents and kinship families in Department of Child Safety (DCS) related adoption matters.

(*Firm accepts DES Subsidy “Reimbursement of Non-Recurring Funds” as full and final payment for all legal services and costs related to the adoption of a Foster Child.)

Out-of-State Placements

    • Assisting out-of-state families adopting children who are wards of the state of Arizona; providing legal representation to Arizona residents who are adopting children placed in Arizona by another state through an ICPC* agreement; private placement  ICPC* Adoptions.

(*Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children)

Adoptions and Guardianships

  • Representing family members seeking private adoption or guardianship of their minor relatives; or permanent placement through the Child Welfare system.
  • Representation of family members or other interested persons seeking guardianship of an incapacitated adult (17.5 years & older).

Private Individuals and Couples

  • Representing Individuals and Private Couples in their desire to adopt through direct placement of a child. Guidance, legal counseling and representation through the labyrinth of the private adoption process. . . from Certification – Temporary Custody / Placement – to Finalization of the Adoption.

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

  • Assuring compliance with state and federal ICWA requirements in state court custody proceedings.

Adult Adoptions

    • Representing adult person(s) who wish to pursue adoption of another *eligible adult (*current or previous stepchild, niece, nephew, cousin or grandchild; or former foster placement).  

Step Parents

  • Full representation in both contested and uncontested matters. Services inclusive of obtaining birth parent(s) direct consents; or if needed, filing for termination of a birth parent(s) rights to legally free a child to be adopted by a step-parent.

Birth Parents

  • Representing Birth Mothers, as well as Birth Fathers, through the difficult yet self-less decision to privately place their child for adoption with a chosen individual or family.
  • Representing Birth Fathers in timely asserting their paternity rights and obligations.

What our families are saying about The Shanker Law Firm:

Tammy Rodriguez
Tammy Rodriguez
Best experience with Tamera and her associates, I will most definitely recommend to others.
Divinia Elliott
Divinia Elliott
Our family needed services to petition the adoption of our son. Tamera and her entire team made it such an easy and pleasant experience. From our first meeting they explained the process clearly, they communicated frequently and thoroughly and were friendly and genuine. We are so thankful that the Shanker Law Firm helped us make our life long dream come true and make it as seamless as possible. I would use them again in a heartbeat . I highly recommend them to anyone who needs trustworthy and reliable law services. Thank you Tamera and Team!!!!
Joann LaRue
Joann LaRue
My husband Bruce S talked to Tamara at Shanker Law for about 30 minutes about a problem with our 14 year old daughter who is in a facility at Prescott AZ. She offered a lot of good information that we had no idea about. I would hire her if I have anymore adoption legal issues. She was great.
Liz Pedregon
Liz Pedregon
Loved the experience & feeling of the adoption, Tamera was great! Very polite. She explained how everything was going to move along & we weren't as nervous. We are very grateful they had an interpreter in the room as well. Thank you Shanker Law Firm!
David Green
David Green
Don't go anywhere else, these people are awesome! They treated us better than family more like old friends from the moment we stepped in.
Sonya Triste
Sonya Triste
Loved how fast her team worked on things.
rosa conde
rosa conde
The Shanker Law Firm took care of my adoption of my two great-grandchildren I am very happy with their service they kept me up to date on the status of the adoption they answered all my questions and returned all my phone calls when I had extra questions to ask them. My grandchildren and I thank you for all your hard work I really appreciate it thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Heath Tillson
Heath Tillson
The Shanker Law firm did amazing on every step of our adoption and helped out with 100% all of our questions we highly recommend Thanks again Tamera, Karin and Elizabeth.
Heather Wiese
Heather Wiese
Professional and friendly. They are a wonderful team who works great together and also communicated well with all other attorneys and agents we were working with. If you haven’t decided on an attorney to work with look no further this is there law firm for you!
More About The Shanker Law Firm

The Shanker Law Firm brings together over 45 combined years of legal experience. The Firm provides quality representation to individuals and families state-wide.

The Firm is a dedicated, full service Adoption and Guardianship practice that focuses on comprehensive representation of:

  • Foster Families
  • Kinship Placements
  • Grandparents
  • Blended Families
  • Relatives
  • Private Couples
  • Single Parents
  • Guardians
  • Same-Sex Couples
  • Step-Parents
  • Birth Mothers
  • Birth Fathers


The Shanker Law Firm is committed to building families and forever homes through Adoption and Guardianship

If You Have Any Questions

Call (480) 838-9300 or email us at info@shankerlaw.net