Our vision is for all foster children in the U.S. to have a permanent home.
The mission of Find Families In Mexico is to change the lives of U.S. foster children. For us, it's truly all about the children.
Find Families In Mexico (FFIM) believes all U.S. foster children deserve to live happy, healthy lives in a permanent home. When relatives live outside the U.S., we believe in challenging the family-finding status quo. By identifying and locating their family members, we become the catalyst to change the lives of U.S. foster children.
Our organization was created in response to thousands of requests from around the world pleading for assistance to locate relatives living in Mexico. Our organization has more than 100 years of combined experience dealing with Mexico. This expertise is critical to successfully unite foster children with their families, the first step to making a lasting impact on the lives of these children.
Published Article About and By Find Families In Mexico
Click here to see articles that have been written about finding family members, the foster care system and our successes. These articles have been carried in newspapers and Internet sites around the world.
Accepting Tax-Deductible Gifts
Find Families In Mexico is now under the non-profit status of the Media Arts Center San Diego. All donations are now tax deductible. Click here to find out how you can donate.
Richard Villasana, founder of Find Families In Mexico, is the leading expert and international authority on uniting children with their relatives in Mexico. Through his company, he has advised and guided more than 6,500 individuals, agencies, attorneys and non-profits to find family members in Mexico.
Richard has been interviewed by EFE, the world's largest Spanish media company, about his expertise in locating family members in Mexico. His expertise has been profiled in Foster Focus Magazine, newspapers in the U.S., Mexico, Spain and online on MSN Latino and Yahoo! en Español. He has spent 20 years living and working in Mexico. He was a university professor at UABC, Tijuana, B.C. and has given presentations at some of Mexico’s largest institutions including IMSS (Seguro Social), SSA and ISSSTE.
He is the speaker of choice at universities such as the University of Houston and Universidad Univer (Mexico), business associations (AIM - Tijuana Maquiladora Association) and corporations in Mexico such as Plantronics and ThermoFisher. Through FFIM, Richard offers training to agencies, CASA volunteers and judges about family finding in Mexico for U.S. foster children.
Known as the Mexico Guru, Richard is also the leading expert on Mexico business practices, communication and culture. Corporate clients of his company, Marketing To Mexico, have included Cisco Systems, AT&T and Comet AG of Switzerland. He has been a translator for the United Nations and is the top selling author of "Insider Secrets for Doing Business in Mexico." Richard works with state and federal Mexican government agencies.
"My biggest vice is Dr. Pepper. I should have gotten stock in the company. I can be talked into a lot of things with offers of a great hamburger pizza. If you catch me at 6:00am I may sound like I'm on caffeine. I love traveling and a good hike. And it's not uncommon for me to be working at 3:00am especially if it's something that will help foster children."
Organizations We Have Worked With
Committed to Assisting Your Agency
Our organization continues to expand our range of services so that we can better meet the needs of child welfare agencies, private companies, non-profit and foster care organizations. We welcome participation from government and private organizations so we can assist them in addressing any challenges to finding permanency for children living without their parents or relatives.
Contact us so together we can help give more children in foster care permanency in a safe and loving home.