Ariel Bruce is a qualified and registered social worker who specialises in tracing people affected by adoption. She also helps to trace people who have lost touch as a result of emigration, divorce or other family separations.

Ariel conducts searches in Britain and all over the world and has successfully traced missing family members for over 20 years.

Based in London, Ariel carries out extensive work in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, as well as in many countries worldwide, including the USA and Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Ariel not only undertakes to trace missing people but also is experienced in making contact with those found. Many traced people are initially shocked and may need as much support as the instigators of the search.

Although there can be no guarantee of success, most searches do result in tracing the person sought. On some occasions, searches also result in forging enduring new relationships.

Ariel handles each case individually, working in strict confidence with her client. Everything is conducted with the utmost discretion and with the greatest regard to confidentiality for both the client and the missing family member or friends.

Of course, not every search is straightforward and some can take a frustratingly long time. It is possible that the missing person may feel that they do not want to be found. In a delicate situation like this, direct contact between the searcher and the person sought can be difficult. Acting as an intermediary, Ariel offers support both to her client and to the person being traced. Ariel regards this support as being of the utmost importance in ensuring that neither party feels exposed or intimidated by the situation. Ariel is always available to listen, whether or not the search is successful.

Long Lost Family

News Update (21/1/21)

‘A beautifully told tale of a tragic separation’ – a review of Long Lost Family by The Times.

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News Update (14/1/21)

Ariel and the team are very pleased to announce that the new series of Long Lost Family (Series 10) will be airing Monday 18th January at 9pm on ITV!

Ariel would like to send a special thanks to Davina McCall, Nicky Campbell, Sally Benton, Clare Bradbury, and the team – who have all worked so hard, and without whom this series would not have been possible – Charlotte Bruce-Lloyd, Louise Baldock, Sally Berman, Cheryl Oliver and Andrew Bayliss.

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Ariel is the consultant social work and research lead on Long Lost Family has undertaken all of the research to trace and make contact with missing family members for every series of ITV’s Long Lost Family from 2011 onwards. Ariel works closely with A.S.A Charlotte Bruce-Lloyd, who undertakes much of the contact and support role for Long Lost Family.

A recent 5 star review by The Times of Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

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Long Lost Family, which is presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, swept the boards by winning a BAFTA [British Academy of Film and Television Arts] Television award, for best Feature. The Arquiva BAFTA 2014 presentation was held on Sunday 18th May 2014 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Long Lost Family Series 2 previously won the prestigious Royal Television Society [RTS] Programme Awards for 2012 in the Popular Factual and Features category.

OPSA (Overseas Plastic Surgery Appeal)

Ariel Bruce supports OPSA, the Overseas Plastic Surgery Appeal. OPSA provide vital training to doctors in Pakistan as well as life changing operations for children born with facial abnormalities.

Read more about the work OPSA do by  clicking here.