Marcia Engel: "Zoveel moeite om mijn eigen ouders te vinden. Voor een recht dat ieder kind heeft – het recht om te weten wie zijn ouders zijn. Ik bedacht ter plekke: dit moet anders, ik ga mensen helpen. En dit gaat verder dan het zoeken naar familieleden. Ik wil mensen bewust maken van hun rechten en mogelijkheden.”


Boardmembers Plan Angel

                      Emira Jelassi

                         Marcia Engel                                        Jina Bakker                                     Emira Jelassi

                         Chairman                                              Secretary                                     Traesurer


Why Plan Angel?

Founder and heart of the organization, Marcia Engel knows what it's like to be separated from her parents. As a two-year-old girl she came to the Netherlands where she grew up with her adoptive parents and this has not always been easy, to say the least.

Marcia: "When I was a little girl I was often sad, I felt different, misunderstood. At that time I didn’t even know that I was adopted. Only at the age of eleven my adoptive mother told me that. It was as if the ground beneath my feet disappeared. I began even more to struggle with my identity and questions like 'Who am I?’ and ‘What is my existence for?’ kept running in my head.

To get some answers about my roots, I started searching for my biological parents, so I could continue with my life. What followed was a difficult search for many years in which all doors remained closed until I went to pay. Then suddenly I found my parents within four months...

So much effort and so much money to find my own parents! The right to have contact with his parents is a right that every child should be given! At that moment I thought to myself: this should be different, I am going to help people. And this should go beyond searching for birth relatives. I want to make people aware of their rights and opportunities.

In 2008 Plan Angel was a fact!


Plan Angel works on a voluntary basis only and does not charge any commission fee nor does it charge office expenses and management costs. All efforts and donations are entirely and directly devoted to the projects. 

Our belief is that no profit should be made on helping those in need.

What does Plan Angel do? 

Plan Angel is a human rights organization aimed at bringing families together who have been separated because of adoption.

In addition to effective reuniting family members, Plan Angel believes it is important that people feel understood and supported and are aware of their rights and opportunities.

Since its inception, Plan Angel has launched various projects using these two pillars as a basis.

Emotional support

Marcia: “Plan Angel offers not only practical support. I have noticed a listening ear can make a huge difference. As a child and also as an adult, I needed this so much. Someone who understood me and could get my story. That is why my door is always open, even if only for a chat.”