Recommendations

 

“I’d been searching for my birth mother for over 20 years, but with no leads or sightings since the early 90s I had struggled and I didn’t hold out much hope of finding her. Despite the difficulties, Ariel and her team somehow tracked her down within months and after a few phone calls with my birth mother we finally met just before Christmas 2015. My family has now extended quite a bit and we could not be happier to be reconnected. Finally knowing answers to questions that I have had all my life now gives me great peace of mind. I cannot thank Ariel and her team enough for all their efforts, and Ariel herself for her understanding, tenacity and professionalism.” 

S.N. London
10th January 2016


“I am writing to thank you so much for making my dream of meeting my Dad come true. Through the excellent work of the Long Lost Family team my father was traced in Australia. However sadly he had Alzheimer’s, so you quite rightly decided that no program could be made but then so kindly still worked away with his wife and daughters to see if they were keen to interact with me. Thankfully they were; that was last year, and we have just returned this week from Australia having had the most amazing experience.
It was a very emotional meeting my Dad and all the family there were in tears: it was truly amazing. What made it really good was the fact that we hit it off so well with our new family. My father’s daughters, wife and brother in law were all so friendly and nice and it was just natural to be together. It could not have gone any better.
I just wanted you to know that I am forever grateful to the Long Lost Family team who were nothing but exceptionally professional from start to finish; from Ariel Bruce, who traced my Dad ( I am still amazed and baffled as to how she did it), to all of the team. I have been a police officer 26 years and a detective for most of that but Ariel Bruce’s skills in tracing have been very impressive. Please pass on to her my gratitude. It’s a great thing she has made happen as a result of her hard work. Incidentally, my family said she was really professional and nice with them as well. When I received the call to say my Dad had Alzheimer’s and that no program could be made, I thought I was going to be told that was the end of LLF’s and Ariel Bruce’s involvement with my search. However for you all to then continue to help me connect with my family, while not gaining anything yourselves is a very impressive example of a selfless act and you all acted with integrity at all times.
I am glad for what I have and know that I will keep in touch with my new Australian family forever. In addition, I have since found my new cousin in my home town of Aberdeen and I am close to her and her family. You guys do great things! You have changed a lot of lives in this family. Keep up the great work that you do.”

N.G (Aberdeen)
11th December 2015


A letter from one of Ariel Bruce’s clients:“Never having met my family, and being in my 50’s, I thought I never would – but my kids needed roots, and frankly, I needed to know. I spoke with Ariel Bruce, and from the tiny information I had, leads were, through brilliant detective work and amazing perception, soon established. Telephone calls started and a visit to Paris made an actual meeting with my mother – fortunately a happy one, which was mainly due to Ariel’s methodical and sensitive manner. I felt compelled to write this note and thank you sincerely for giving me back my family and my roots which now span some six countries.”


This is a birth mother writing of being contacted by Ariel on behalf of a daughter that she had placed for adoption in 1962. Happily, this birth mother was completely supported by her husband in her desire to have contact with her L, her daughter.

“Life has never been happier; L is such a warm and wonderful young woman, and my whole family has been delighted to have been found by her and her lovely family. I drove up to Scotland to tell my cousins (my closest relatives) about her at Easter, and flew to Los Angeles to tell my Californian relatives in the Summer. Without a single exception, they have been thrilled to hear my news.

Our daughters just love her. Individually and together, they meet socially. About once a month I have a family Sunday lunch, and it is such a happy time! If L was not such a lovely person, it might not have been so easy, but both she and her husband are such fun and the children so adorable that the time just flies.

Ls Mum and Dad very kindly invited us to their home so we could all get to know one another. It was a marvellous gesture on their part. Ls children call me by my first name, because any variation of Grandmother is reserved for Ls adopted Mum.”

Mr & Mrs R. N., Hertfordshire, UK.


Dear Ariel,
the last thing you wrote to me (9th May) was,
“Now the task is over to you, perhaps you will start to learn Italian! Let me know what I can do to help.”

I thought I’d write a brief note to let you know the outcome (so far) of the search you did for me. You’ll remember that last April you told me in person that my Italian father had died some years ago and that I had a brother in Italy. You then forwarded a letter received from my brother, Guiseppe, in which he said that I’d also got a sister.

We wrote to each other several times (in Italian) over May & June. I also wrote to my sister. A hint was made that we visit Italy. After failing to make email contact (bloody computers!) and with the end of my holidays rapidly approaching, I took the plunge and jumped on a plane to Rome. My wife was with me. We hired a car and drove the 100km south to Terracina. We stayed B&B with a young non-English speaking family (great fun). Then (trembling like the proverbial leaf) I phoned my brother’s house. My sister answered. When I told them that I was in town, they exploded with excitement, and from that moment on we were treated like Gods. We were totally looked after for the 6 days that we stayed. My resemblance to my father (both physically and in manner) was commented upon by everyone I met, including 2 cousins who were brought up by my father after their own father (his brother) died. There were lots of tears of sadness and joy – mostly joy. I learned a lot about my father, of course, and saw where he was born, worked, lived, died and was buried. I also heard many stories relating to his character and his life. They didn’t ask whether we were going to visit next year – it was assumed.

7 years ago my family tree started with just me. Now it is so huge it stretches over many pages.

Count this as one of your great successes!

Grazie di tutto,
Ciao,

J.F. Scotland