Relative Connections Newsletter 2021

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Hey everyone. Its Aaron, news reporter here at Relative Connections. I wanted to bring you up to speed on some really cool developments in the world of Relative Connections and our sister company Joanna North Associates. And how we can help you find EXACTLY who you are looking for.

Happy Birthday To Us

I just realised this weekend that we have been in business for over 12 years now! Who would have thought that when Ryan and John started in Ryan’s back bedroom back in 2009!? Lots has changed since then to ensure that we now provide the most detailed professional service in the UK.

Team member anniversary

There are some other celebrations around too…

John Arko – 12 years. John was a founding member of Relative Connections and now heads up our DNA department. If you don’t know the name of your relative then we can use DNA to find them, it works great for finding fathers. John is one of the UK’s leading DNA tracing experts.

Trace Researcher John

Sue Harrison – 5 years. Sue is our amazing intermediary expert. Finding people is the easy bit. It is the contacting and supporting that takes time and effort. Sue, a trained counsellor ensures that we support you and the person you are looking for once they are found.


It is really important that we protect the business, each other, our customers, and the people we trace. We take this really seriously. So, we have weekly safeguarding sessions with Dr Joanna North in both businesses.

The numbers

Fathers found this year – 43

Fathers found through DNA only – 22

People found affected by Adoption – 96

Old friends found – 58

Other searches – 55

Total number of successful searches this year – 274

Regardless of who you are looking for we’d love to speak with you and tell you more about how we can help. You can book an appointment by clicking here.
Did you know?

All our team are trained to support you and the person you are looking for. They are driven to get you the best possible outcome to your search.


We have more reviews than all other tracing companies combined! Make sure you look at the various services that are out there. Our services are some of the most expensieve as they are the most detailed, offer the most support and provide the best opportunity for a positive outcome. Read our reviews to see what I mean.


Team Member Spotlight

Dr . Joanna North

Safeguarding And Risk

Dr. Jo North is our expert on psychological support for Adoption Intermediary Work. She is also our Registered Manager ensuring that we keep our Standards of work to a high ethical standard, taking care of and supporting our clients through this process and managing safeguarding. Jo brings a wealth of experience to the role with 15 years in Adoption support and 30 in the field of psychotherapy and mental health. She has three books published on mental health and her extensive c.v. demonstrates a lifelong dedication to mental health and wellbeing. In 2017 she was awarded the British Psychological Society’s prestigious Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Practice Award for her Adoption Support work. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Chair of Ethics for United Kingdom Council for the Psychotherapy Children and Young People Section and formerly Chair of British Psychological Society Psychotherapy Section.

Dave has been working as a long-lost family tracer and intermediary for 10 years, specialising in adoption over the last three years. During this time, he has built a wealth of experience to assist in the accurate tracing of lost relatives in the UK and around the world. His work has featured on several TV shows including BBC1s family Finders and TLC’s separated at birth. He has also been invited to speak on the subject on BBC Radio Five Live. Dave has also gained a lot of knowledge and expertise in the sensitivity around intermediary work and how clients and subjects can feel through the process.

David Oates

Head Researcher

And finally,
We have some exciting news. David Oates our Head Researcher and Dr Joanna North are starting a podcast. We are hoping to launch the podcast in June, along with some new services such as family tree research and document finding.

That’s all from me for now but remember, every search starts with a first step.

BOOK to speak to one of the team by using the booking page below…