FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS IS THE FOUNDATION?
A. The Foundation is not a business. It is a tax-exempt charitable foundation which provides free legal services to children, born and living abroad, whose mother or father was an American citizen when the child was born.
Q. WHERE IS THE FOUNDATION LOCATED?
A. The Foundation's offices are in Pasadena California, a few miles East of central Los Angeles
Q. WHO DOES THE FOUNDATION HELP?
A. The Foundation helps children, born and living abroad, who had an American parent who abandoned them.
Q. DOES THE FOUNDATION OFFER ITS HELP OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES?
A. Yes, the Foundation will help children who live in any country, anywhere in the world, including the United States.
Q. WHAT DOES THE FOUNDATION DO FOR THESE CHILDREN?
A. The Foundation provides its services for two objectives:
- to obtain financial child support in an American court from the child's American parent who abandoned them; and
- to secure U.S government recognition of the American citizenship of these children.
Q. HOW MUCH DOES THE FOUNDATION CHARGE FOR ITS HELP?
A. Nothing. There is no charge for the Foundation's help. If a person is able to make a contribution to the Foundation, it will be gratefully accepted but there is no requirement to pay in order to have the Foundation help these children.
Q. HOW MANY SUCH CHILDREN ARE THERE IN THE WORLD?
A. Nobody knows but we believe there are tens of thousands of them.
Q. DID THE CHILD'S PARENTS HAVE TO BE MARRIED?
A. No. In fact, it is believed that, in most cases, the child's parents would not have been married. Married or unmarried has no effect on the Foundation's readiness to help these children.
Q. MAY A CHILD'S GRANDPARENTS OR FAMILY MEMBERS ASK THE FOUNDATION FOR HELP?
A. Yes. Our help is for the benefit of the child. The child's mother, grandparents or other family members may come to the Foundation and ask for help for the child.
Q. WHAT ARE THE WAYS TO CONTACT THE FOUNDATION?
A. There are several good ways to contact us listed below. Each will work and initiate our help to the child.
email address: 424 South Pasadena Rosemead Blvd.; Ste. C
Pasadena CA 91107
visit: You are welcome to visit our offices if you are in the Los Angeles area.
Q. HAVE YOU OFFICES IN OTHER STATES OR COUNTRIES?
A. Not yet. We plan to develop a world-wide, volunteer organization for contact purposes but email works well to start the process.
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A COURT TO ORDER CHILD SUPPORT?
A. After the necessary documents have been provided about the child and the father is located in the U.S., 3 to 6 months is a reasonable time from the start to finish of a child support case.
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE CHILD'S CITIZENSHIP?
A. This process takes much longer and could be between 1 to 2 years. Much of that time is spent just waiting for the government to process the application and ask questions.