Meet Our Founder

Foster Youth Richard Villasana, a proud Navy veteran, is the leading international authority on locating relatives of foster children when agencies have failed to do so.

"When I was working internationally in Mexico, I learned I had a real talent for finding key government officials in Mexico for U.S. and foreign clients. Then some associates started to ask me to find their relatives: a brother, cousin, or an aunt. It was so exciting when I found someone's missing sister or birth father. The emails of thanks made my week."

Richard has been profiled in Foster Focus Magazine and the San Diego Business Journal. He is the founder of Find Families In Mexico. For more than 20 years, the organization has been building families and communities by locating relatives of U.S. foster children so they can move out of foster care into forever homes.

Richard has been interviewed by EFE, the world's largest Spanish media company, and profiled in newspapers in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain and online on MSN Latino and Yahoo! en Español about his expertise in locating family members in Mexico. He is one of the leading authorities on Mexico family history having helped more than 6,500 families find their relatives in Mexico. He has spent 22 years living and working in Mexico. Richard was a university professor at UABC, Tijuana, B.C. and has given presentations at some of Mexico’s largest institutions, associations and corporations such as Plantronics and ThermalFisher.

"After months of receiving calls from people asking for my help I realized that I could help a LOT of people who were desperate to reconnect with their family members in Mexico. And that was the start of Find Families In Mexico more than twenty years ago."

"I could talk about the organization, but the most important part of all of this are the heart-warming (and heart-wrenching) cases and the messages from teenagers who so desperately want to find their birth parent. If you've ever thought kids can't write with emotion, just reading one of the cries for help we get would melt your heart. Reconnecting one of these foster kids is incredible."

"My biggest vice is Dr. Pepper. I can be talked into a lot of things with offers of a great hamburger pizza. I love traveling and a good hike. I'm a night owl. Fortunately, my wife of 13 years doesn't get concerned when I'm working at 3:00am because she knows my work results in more foster youth being reconnected with their families."

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9450 Mira Mesa Blvd, Suite C520  San Diego, California 92126 USA
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