How To Find Your Missing Mother or Father

Advice when looking to find your mother or father

Whether you lost touch with your mother or your father or are looking to locate and get in touch with a biological parent you have never met before, finding a missing parent can be a daunting and emotionally draining process.

While you could take this task on yourself, you could speed up the process by hiring a professional people tracing services like ours to do it for you. We have a 98% success rate with locating missing or estranged people including a missing or biological mother or father. We have the in-house expertise and knowledge to efficiently locate your missing parent in a legal, time and cost-effective manner.

In this article, we explain the process we go through and the resources we have access to.

Find a missing Mother or Father in the UK

How we trace lost family members

Being a professional people tracing company, we have advanced technology and software at our fingertips alongside the know-how of our expert team. We use various tracing data sources to locate a long-lost family member or biological father or mother. Our team are very experienced in leveraging tracing industry data sets as well as open-source data which can include:


Information we need to find your absent parents

The more information you can provide us the better, and faster we can find your missing father or missing mother. However, we understand that not everyone may be able to provide us with in depth information, and this is not a problem. If you can give us as much information as possible, we can do our best to locate your missing parent quickly.

Useful information you could provide us with includes:

  • Full name including any middle names
  • Date of birth or approximate age
  • All old addresses
  • Relatives’ names
  • Marriage details
  • Divorce details
  • Old telephone numbers

Once you provide us with any information you have, we will begin our search to locate your parent. Depending on the amount of information you have been able to provide, the length of our search may vary. Some people are trying not to be found, and others may seem to have just fallen off the grid accidentally. Whatever the case, you can rest assured that our team of professional people tracers are on the job, and we will do everything we can to locate your missing father or mother.


How to start your own search

Before you decide to commit to a certified people tracing company like Vilcol, you could try to conduct a search for your parent yourself. If you would like to attempt to search for your missing relative yourself, there are various things you can do. We are not in the business of keeping information from people, we are in the business of helping people and we have outlined a couple steps and resources for you below.

  • You could conduct a basic Google search, and see if your relative comes up
  • You could sift through social media. A good thing to do is to look at people your relative might know, and work from there. LinkedIn is also a great place to look if you have a rough idea of the place your relative might work.
  • Looking through any affiliations your missing parent might have
  • You could run a background check. You can pay a people tracing company like us to do this for you if you are not ready to pay the full cost of locating your missing parent.
  • You could search for them based on their last known address.
  • If you are an adopted individual looking for your biological parent within the UK, the UK government offers the Adoption Contact Register so you can locate any parent that has opted to being contacted by their biological child.

These are just a couple suggestions, but if your search comes up with little results, hope is not lost. You can always get in touch with us, and our expert team of people tracers will be able to find your missing parent. We are always more than happy to help.


Legalities of locating a biological parent

If you are adopted, it is only natural to wonder about your biological parent and where you have come from. Adopted people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have had the right to see their original birth certificate when they reach the age of 18 since 1976. People in Scotland have had this right from the age of 16. Upon seeing your birth certificate, you will be able to see your biological parent’s names and be able to begin locating them from there. However, you are required by law to receive a counselling session before gaining access to your birth certificate.


How much does it cost to locate a missing parent?

The cost of locating a missing mother or father depends on the information you have been able to provide us with, and the extent to which our services will need to be used. Feel free to get in touch with us and we can discuss your specific circumstances. Generally, to find someone with an address less than 10 years old we charge £55, to find someone with an address more than 10 years old we charge £95 and for a full doorstep trace we charge £225. Again, the cost of locating your missing relative will depend on the amount of information you can offer us so do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Find your parent using Vilcol’s proven tracing services

We are a leading people tracing company in the UK and have helped thousands of clients across the country find missing people or trace missing debtors. With our wealth of expertise and 35+ years of experience, we are a company you can trust. Our team of highly trained professionals are licensed to carry out any people tracing services you require. We have the tools and the know-how to locate your missing parent in a legal and efficient manner, removing that responsibility and stress from you. Feel free to get in touch with us to start your search for your missing mother or father.