Reunited Loved Ones
Family finding unites children with parents, grandparents and other family members. Read stories about how our family finding services have successfully identified and located biological parents and extended family members in Mexico of U.S. foster children as well as others who became separated from their families.
Family finding locates aunt and
other relatives in remote area of Mexico
Casa Pacifica in Ventura County, California wanted to locate family members for a pre-teen U.S. foster child. The challenge was that the town where the relatives were thought to be living is in a very remote desert area of Mexico. In such cases, there is most likely only one public phone that the town uses. There is usually no other telephone service, no Internet and no cell phone reception.
Finding a way to reach these people can be a task in itself because in such communities people live miles apart or on isolated ranches. Government records that could help in locating residents of these tiny villages are stored in a regional administrative office which can be more than 100 miles away.
Despite these challenges, FFIM located an aunt of the foster child. Jill Borgeson, Program Manager wrote, "Rosie Lopez, Case Manager, was shocked that your organization had any success at all because of the town’s remote location. We consider your company’s ability to track down members of this family under these circumstances as nothing short of miraculous. We have already started the process to reconnect this child with an aunt on the mother’s side of the family."
"You have proven your services to us in several cases, none of which we had been able to make progress based on our own resources. We are confident that we can count on your continued services in locating family members for other foster children who have relatives still living in Mexico."
Located aunt and other adult family members of U.S. foster child for:
Foster child's biological mother located in Mexico
A Family Finding Specialist with Children's Service Society of Wisconsin (CSSW) needed to locate family members living in Mexico. They had a foster child in their care, but after weeks of searching in the U.S., CSSW had been unable to locate any family members. Acting on the recommendation from Kevin Campbell, the leading expert on family finding for the U.S., CSSW contacted Find Families In Mexico.
Our organization conducted a City Search that resulted in CSSW being put in touch with the birth mother, maternal grandmother and several adult relatives. CSSW has started the engagement process and has documentation supporting their family finding due diligence if requested by the court.
"Many thanks for all of your efforts in locating the family of one of our foster children in Wisconsin! It was a pleasure working with your agency."
Located biological mother, grandmother and several adult family members of U.S. foster child for:
Family Finding Specialist
Children's Service Society of Wisconsin (CSSW)
Family finding helps unite foster child
with relative in Mexico
Casey Family Programs in Texas needed to identify and locate family members for a child in foster care. There was very little information, only the name of a grandmother and the state in Mexico where she might be living. Casey Family Programs contacted Find Families In Mexico, first for an assessment of the available information and later to locate the grandmother or to identify and locate other family members. Our organization identified a distant relative. Casey Family Programs was then able to locate and contact an immediate family member. Because of the efforts by Find Families In Mexico and Casey Family Programs, this foster child now has contact with family in Mexico.
Casey Family Programs
San Antonio, TX
Separated for years, biological father of
Hispanic foster child located in Mexico
because of Family Finding service.
Recently a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) had a Hispanic teenager in their care. She had crossed into the U.S. unaccompanied by any biological family members and was now in foster care.
The department asked for assistance with its family finding efforts to locate the biological parents of the child from a well-known non-profit agency, Children's Home Society. The agency, in turn, came to Find Families In Mexico for expert assistance since both parents lived in Mexico. Find Families In Mexico worked directly with NC DHHS and successfully identified and located both biological parents even though they live in completely different regions of Mexico. When notified, the child's father was very excited because he had not seen his daughter since she was two years old.
NC DHHS was provided with a report that included contact information for both parents. The report also attested to the due diligence efforts of NC DHHS to be in compliance with the Fostering Connections Act.
Located biological parents of Hispanic foster child for :
North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services
Family finding locates grandmother
and leads agency to U.S. relatives
Kindel Family Connections in California wanted to locate family members for a foster teen who had been a ward of the state for years. Within just 15 days, our company provided Casa Pacifica with contact information on several possible relatives. When the agency called, they discovered that they had connected to the home of the child's great-grandmother.
In short order, the staff was able to speak with the teen’s maternal grandmother and a great-uncle. These relatives shared that the child has two aunts living in the U.S.
Jill Borgeson, Program Manager, called our family-finding services “extraordinary” and wrote, "Thanks to the specialized efforts of your organization, we now have information on several possible relatives including the grandmother of the foster child." Michelle Wilson, Case Manager, said that the family finding effort was "very successful." By working with Find Families In Mexico, Casa Pacifica has now opened the door for this foster teen to again have contact with his family.
Located maternal grandmother and other adult family members of U.S. foster teen for:
Kindel Family Connections
Biological father located in Mexico so he could be
advised of adoption proceedings for his daughter
K. Wamble, an attorney with the Booker Law Firm, needed to locate a person living in Mexico. A man’s ex-wife, living in the U.S., had filed an adoption request for sole custody of their daughter with the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas. The law firm needed to locate the biological father, in Mexico, to get him a copy of the adoption petition so that he would have an opportunity to consent and/or object to the proceedings.
The attorney contacted Find Families In Mexico explaining that they were required to do due diligence to locate the biological father and that there was a time constraint. Within just a couple of weeks, the father was located and his mailing address and phone number were provided to the attorney so the adoption documents could be mailed out. The attorney thanked our organization for its fast work in resolving this matter.
Located biological father of child because of pending adoption for sole custody by mother for:
K. Wamble, Attorney
Booker Law Firm
Little Rock, Arkansas
Daughter reunited with her mother in Mexico 7 years after being placed in U.S. foster care
A soldier stationed in Iraq wrote that his wife and her mother "…were separated in L.A. about 7 years ago. My wife, who was 15 at the time, was put into foster care and her mother and younger half brother and sister went back to Mexico. Thanks to your information, my wife was able to talk with her mother after being apart for seven years. Thank you and God bless. A family has been reunited."
Name withheld by request
Daughter reunited with her birth mother
"I hope to inspire someone like I have been, with no hope. You are the one they can put their Hope in."
"i was so excited about this that my heart could not wait to see what was ahead of me. i thought about the time difference in Mexico and i figured my father would be about sleeping for me to call and find him home if it was him truely. I did call and an answering machine picked up the call so i hung up. I thought about it all nite that at least i did hear his voice and it was him. i was so HAPPY!!!!!!!"
"So i did call back and someone did answer and it was a man’s voice so said i need to talk to him and was it alright and that i was so sorry for calling so late but i wanted to talk to Jose and he did say it was him. he asked a lot of question i could only respond to little at a time and he said that he was rite back long ago and that he was really Happy himself because he had only dreamed about me that some day he was hoping i would actually look for him like they do like the Christina show on TV when love one loses a father or a mother. He said he was sitting next to his wife and shedding little tears. i did find my real father and i am Happy. THANK YOU for that connection you were able to do for me that in million years i never thought i’d be able to do. God Blesses you for what you do for people."
Daughter reunited with her birth father after 16 years
"You cannot begin to imagine the joy that you have brought to my little girl."
"I would like to start by telling you how infinitely thankful I will
be for your help. I have a beautiful little girl who asks for her daddy. I lost touch with my daughter's father seven
years ago. I called the number of the first person you
listed, who turned out to be his sister. She took my contact
information and he called last night! We have talked and are
looking forward to starting a father-daughter relationship. You cannot begin to imagine
the joy that you have brought to my little girl and for that I will
thank you eternally."
Update: Janette's daughter met her birth father for the first time in seven years in December.
Daughter reunited with her birth father
"I was able to get in contact with my sister and my father is very happy."
Auris came to Find Relatives In Mexico for help to search all of the Mexican state of Veracruz hoping to find her sister. Auris hadn't seen her sister since 1994. "I would like to take this opportunity to THANK you so much! Thanks to you I was able to get in contact with my sister and my father is very happy about it. Based on the research you sent I could get in contact with one of her uncles in Tonala, I found out she is living with her mom in Merida! I spoke to them, and now we're getting to know each other by phone, facebook [sic] and soon we'll meet for the first time! I'm so happy. I want people to know that your service works. Thank you so much."
Reunited with her sister and mother
Son reunited with his birth father after years apart
"I want you to know that as I write this I have tears of joy." Jennifer had been searching for years for any relatives of her son's father. Her little boy was starting to ask about his father, and as any caring mother, Jennifer wanted to make one of her son's dreams come true. "I had lost all hope of ever finding my son's relatives in Mexico." I am so glad I found you.
Jennifer wrote, "I was speechless. I dialed one of the numbers you gave me and I was talking to my son's grandmother. There are so many scams on the internet that it is hard to find legitimate businesses such as yours. I couldn't believe the speed at which you found the information I needed. I hope you will continue so that you can make other people as happy as you have made me."
Update: Jennifer's son met his birth father a few weeks ago. They are already talking about how they'll spend the summer going fishing. Early next year Jennifer's son will meet his father's parents for the first time in Mexico.
Son reunited with his birth father
"After six months of searching, we were put in contact with the family within a week of trying your service."
"Thank you so much!! Our company was looking for a gentleman that owned property in which we had an interest. After 6 months of persistent research including: mailing letters to previous addresses, having people in Mexico City look up his name in a phone book and using Ancestry.com... we hit a dead end. That is when I ran across the Find Families In Mexico web site and decided to try it considering we had both of his parents' names, date of birth and a previous address. I am so glad we did. Within a week we were put us in contact with the family, and we were able to reach them regarding the property!
East Winds Consulting, LLC
Found family they were looking for
Does your agency need to find a parent or
extended family members in Mexico?
Father reunited with son and daughter after 14 year
"One of our clients was helping a co-worker who had not seen his family for 14 years. He always lamented during the holidays and talked a lot about his family in Mexico. He had an address and phone number but still wasn't able to make contact with them. After two weeks our organization provided the important contact information that allowed him to reconnect with his family. Her friend is very happy to be reunited with his family. He was able to speak to his grandson for the first time. He found out his daughter is a successful lawyer and that his son is in college. "Thank you. My friend was elated for you giving him back his family."
Father reunited with his son and daughter
If your organization has an emergency situation where the only parents and adult relatives of a foster child live in Mexico, contact us immediately so we can provide you with the necessary family finding services.