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:

Russell Dean Harris
Russell Dean Harris
Best lawyers. Hire them!
Lupe German
Lupe German
Tamara was very resourceful in helping us in adopting our daughter. She went above and beyond to get all information needed and was very clear on the instructions. We are grateful for all the help she gave us.
Geremy Kerr
Geremy Kerr
The Shanker Law Firm helped finalize the adoption for our two beautiful daughters. They were extremely fast and courteous to deal with. I would highly recommend them for any legal matters and will be my first call for any such matters if needed in the future.
Charlotte Roberts
Charlotte Roberts
I'm so thankful that I met Tamara through Grace she has been very awesome dedicated professional and a person with compassion and what she does very detailed about everything that she did for representing me with the adoption thank you Tamara
Marissa Green
Marissa Green
They are the best!
Danielle Tallas
Danielle Tallas
I would certainly recommend Shanker Law Firm a hundred percent!
gina neff
gina neff
Shanker Law Firm has handled 4 adoptions for us. They have always been responsive, professional and easy to deal with. I've never had to sit around waiting for a reply. I highly recommend them!
Travis Carter
Travis Carter
Tamera was an excellent attorney and helped navigate us through the adoption of four of our children. Was so grateful to have her and her team on our side. They made the process seem smooth as they helped us understand each step. Would highly recommend this great firm.
Sonia Monson
Sonia Monson
The Shanker Law Firm was exceptional to work with. Tamera made sure I understood all the legal terms. There is so much information thrown your way, Tamera made sure I understood it all. Her follow up was precise. I could not have picked a better team.
Ashley L
Ashley L
Tamera, Sarah, Karin and the Shanker Law Firm team were absolutely amazing to work with! They were quick, kind and very knowledgeable. If you are a foster/adoptive family, I would highly recommend them!
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