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:

Carol Cortez
Carol Cortez
The Shanker Law Firm and their associates were very helpful, patient, caring, and understanding in my journey in adopting my grandson. They made it possible for me. Now my grandson has a real home. They are with you till the very end. A huge thank you goes out to Tamera and her amazing team. God bless
Randall Rissler
Randall Rissler
Used Shanker Law Firm for an IPCP adoption. They were very Professional, very efficient and stayed in contact with us throughout the adoption process. Best choice for a Law Firm we could have made. HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone.
Danielle Kedekein
Danielle Kedekein
It was a pleasure working with you and your office I respectfully would refer your law firm to anyone you worked hard and got it done fast I truly thank you
Heather rasmussen
Heather rasmussen
The Shanker law firm was amazing law firm to work with they were every helpful they were fast with filling paperwork and getting us the adoption date in a timely manner they were very informative and answered our questions right away.
Barbara Lopez
Barbara Lopez
The Shanker Law Firm was a great choice to handle our adoption case. They handled everything with great speed and professionalism ! Thank you to the Shanker team!
Susan Lewis
Susan Lewis
Due to unfortunate circumstances of losing our daughter, we found ourselves needing to adopt our grandson. The Shanker law firm was extremely understanding and handled our case with the upmost sincerity and care. They handled everything swiftly, all of our questions were answered and our case was closed promptly. We never had to worry about anything. Thanks to Tamera and everyone at Shanker law firm they took care of everything for us to make us be a family again. We cannot recommend Shanker law firm enough.
Marcus Mattingly
Marcus Mattingly
We hired Tamera Shanker’s services for our adoption, and we were incredibly pleased with the experience. Her expertise and knowledge proved invaluable, and both she and her staff were consistently responsive and friendly. Moreover, her charges were considerably lower than our initial expectations. The adoption process can be overwhelming, but Tamera and the Shanker Law firm provided us with unwavering support at every step. We are immensely grateful for their guidance and assistance.
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.
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