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Richard Villasana is an international authority on making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of U.S. foster children and founder of Find Families In Mexico.

Short Bio

Richard Villasana, a Navy veteran, is a leading international authority on locating relatives of foster children. He’s an author, columnist and international speaker and has been featured by EFE, the world’s largest Spanish language media company. He is the founder of Find Families In Mexico. For more than 20 years his organization has worked with government agencies to build stronger families and communities by getting U.S. foster children into permanent, forever homes.

Medium Bio

Richard Villasana, a proud Navy veteran, is a leading international authority on locating relatives of foster children. He is a top selling author, columnist and international speaker who has been featured by EFE, the world’s largest Spanish language media company, Foster Focus Magazine, and the San Diego Business Journal. He is the founder of Find Families In Mexico. For more than 20 years his organization has worked with government agencies across the country to build stronger families and communities by getting U.S. foster children into a permanent, forever home. Email rvillasana@FindFamiliesInMexico.org for more information.

Long Bio

Richard Villasana, a proud Navy veteran, is the leading international authority on locating relatives in Latin America of U.S. foster children.

"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 is a published author and international speaker. A monthly columnist for Foster Focus Magazine, Richard has been interviewed by EFE, the world's largest Spanish media company, and profiled in newspapers in the U.S. (San Diego Business Journal), Mexico, and Spain and online on MSN Latino and Yahoo! en Español about his expertise in locating family members in Mexico. 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 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. 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."

The Find Families In Mexico Story

Our Mission
Find Families In Mexico strives to make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of foster children. We work tirelessly to find relatives of foster youth in the United States, Mexico and Latin America with the goal of placing foster youth in permanent and caring homes. Over the past 20 years, we have worked with agencies such as CASA, Casey Family Programs and Seneca Center to help reunite foster youth with their relatives.

Permanent Homes for Foster Youth
Currently, 47% of foster youths are placed in out-of-home foster care, without relatives. Research shows that when foster youth are placed with relatives, they have better educational outcomes, less risky behaviors and higher employment rates. By locating relatives for youths, we can improve the life outcomes for thousands of foster children. Find Families In Mexico has a proven track record of experience working successfully with agencies in many states including California, Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. In these states, we have helped government agencies successfully locate and place numerous foster youth with their relatives.

Latino Foster Youth Underserved
Latinos represent over 20 percent of the foster youth population In the U.S. Many of these youths remain in foster care for several years and age out of the system because agencies are ill-equipped to locate relatives who are living outside the U.S. During their time in foster care, 30% of foster youth have lived with eight or more different families and 65% experienced seven or more school changes.

It is no surprise then that 46% of foster youth will not graduate from high school. All of these impacts are compounded for minorities such as Latinos who already come from disadvantaged backgrounds. By connecting these youth with relatives who can provide stable, loving care, we will give these children opportunities to succeed in school and life.

Proven Results
Find Families In Mexico is the leading international organization for getting U.S. foster children into permanent homes. For more than 20 years, Find Families In Mexico has successfully located family members of foster children when government agencies have failed to do so. Roughly seventy percent of our cases result in locating a parent, aunt, grandparent or other adult family members living in the U.S. Foster care agencies are then able to notify these relatives. This ensures that where possible, each foster child has at the very least a connection with their blood relatives. In the best of cases, relatives are found who will take in the child and give him/her a permanent, stable home. The numerous letters of appreciation we receive from families, foster youth and agencies speak to the impact we have made on the lives of Latino foster youth in the U.S.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Villasana at 760-749-3200 or rvillasana@FindFamiliesInMexico.org.

 

Find Families In Mexico
9450 Mira Mesa Blvd, Suite C520  San Diego, California 92126 USA
Phone: 760.690.3995   Fax: 617.608.2381   info@FindFamiliesInMexico.org


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