Richard Villasana, founder of Forever Homes for Foster Kids is a leading international authority on immigration issues and foster families.
Richard has been featured by CNN International, Univision, ABC, AP News, Costco Connections, the San Diego Business Journal, Foster Focus Magazine and EFE, the world’s largest Spanish language media company. He is a proud Navy veteran, national columnist and international speaker who has also translated for the United Nations.
He was honored by Sen. Joel Anderson as a California Hero for his years of service helping foster children. For nearly 30 years, his non-profit has worked with government agencies across the country to find families for immigrant and foster children to create a permanent home.
Richard has helped more than 10,133 families reunite with their relatives in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. 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 Thermo Fisher.
"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 foster teenagers who so desperately want to find their birth parent. Reconnecting one of these foster kids is incredible."
Richard says, "While 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."
To reach Richard, email him at info@ForeverHomesforFosterKids.org
Richard with Stan Lee