"It is imperative to reconnect these [foster] children with those that love them despite borders."
"Connecting individuals to their families is vital to improving safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes for our most vulnerable youth. Conducting a hopeful search for an individual in Mexico requires additional knowledge and information differing from the United States."
"Thank you for your support to family finding's goal of providing each child with lifelong connections that only a family can offer."
Founder and Director
Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness
Why We Advocate for Foster 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 in Mexico, we become the catalyst to move children out of foster care.
What We Do
There are nearly 84,000 childen of Hispanic ancestry in U.S. foster care. Federal and state laws require foster care agencies to identify, locate and notify the relatives of these children. Often there are family members living in Mexico, but they seem impossible to locate because their information is not in databases and access to public records is highly restricted in Mexico.
When agencies hit a wall and are struggling to locate these adults, they come to Find Families In Mexico. We are the leading international organization that specializes in finding these relatives. As a result of what we do, these children move out in foster care and reunite with their families in a permanent home.
From the desk of Richard Villasana:
Find Families In Mexico specializes in performing family finding for U.S. agencies seeking to locate the biological relatives of foster children. This ensures that agencies are in compliance with the "Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008" (Section 103. Notification of relatives).
With 20 years of experience, we have assisted more than 6,500 families to be reunited with lost relatives. Agencies we work with include the State of Oregon, Dept. of Human Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protection Services, the Ninth Circuit Court as well as private foster care agencies and attorneys. We identify and locate biological parents and extended family members in Mexico and Central America.
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 company 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)
Find Families In Mexico is ready to help you with your cases where a parent, grandparent or other relatives need to be identified, located and notified. Contact us at info@FindFamiliesInMexico.com
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9450 Mira Mesa Blvd, Suite C520 San Diego, California 92126 USA
Phone: 760.690.3995 Fax: 617.608.2381 info@FindFamiliesInMexico.com