Foster Care Adoption

We feel privileged to work on several hundred foster care adoptions every year. We promise to complete your foster care adoption legally, ethically, and as efficiently as possible.

Foster parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and other relatives have all opened their hearts to Arizona’s children in need, helping them find a place in the world that’s truly permanent. Let us help you over the finish line of your foster care journey.

You never pay out of pocket for our services if you qualify for Adoption Subsidy—we bill Adoption Subsidy directly and your certified copy of the order of adoption and first amended birth certificate are free—they’re on us!

Foster care adoptions, and adoptions in general, are a unique area of the law—this is not just everyday family or juvenile law. Competent representation in an adoption requires your attorney to have extensive experience and continuing legal education specific to adoptions. Our unparalleled experience translates into a faster and smoother adoption for you.

  • Attorney Heather Strickland’s practice focuses exclusively on adoption and assisted reproduction law.
  • Heather is an Adoption and ART Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA), a prestigious national organization of attorneys who have demonstrated expertise in adoptions and commitment to ethical practices. Heather is currently the only AAAA member in Tucson.
  • As a Fellow, she has access to and regularly attends outstanding adoption-specific continuing legal education.
  • In addition, Heather is a frequent contributor to continuing legal education courses on the topic of adoption, and she lectures regularly at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law.

We pride ourselves on our personalized service. You are not simply a case, you are a unique family, and we tailor our advice and services to your needs.

Arizona Foster Care Adoption Services

Anyone who wants to adopt a child from legal custody of the State will need an attorney to complete all the legal work of the adoption. We help finalize many of Pima County’s foster care adoption cases by offering the following services to soon-to-be parents:

  • Conduct initial meeting with the prospective parents
  • Provide education about adoption subsidies and tax credits
  • Complete legal paperwork that is filed with the court
  • Accompany parents to the finalization hearing and answer all of the judge’s questions
  • Complete all steps in order for the parents to receive the child’s new birth certificate
  • Secure payment for legal services from Adoption Subsidy so there are no out-of-pocket expenses for the adoptive family

Completing foster care adoptions and helping provide children with permanent homes is one of the most rewarding things we do as an adoption law firm. If you are considering adopting a child from foster care, we will assist you on your journey.

“Heather is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful. She takes the time to talk through the particulars of your case, making sure to weigh all options. Her staff is equally amazing. From start to finish, we couldn’t have had a better experience working with Heather. We highly recommend her firm!”


“We want to thank you for everything you guys did for us. We know it wasn’t easy with the adoption of our 6 little ones, but we couldn’t be happier. You did all the hard work as we just waited to receive everything. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”


“Heather is amazing. She made everything smooth and seamless when it could have easily been chaotic and stressful. Her staff was so kind and they are on the ball with every little detail. We are so grateful to her for helping us to finalize our adoption!”


“Very thorough and patient attorney. If you are looking for an adoption or family law attorney who knows the law and has integrity and confidence, I highly recommend Heather Strickland!”


Please contact us today to learn more about adopting a child through foster care.