Welcome To VANISH

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LOCATED in Melbourne with members in all parts of Australia, VANISH is funded by the Victorian State Government through the Department of Health and Human Services. 

SERVICES are currently available to:

  • people affected by adoption (domestic and intercountry) - mothers, fathers, adopted persons, adoptive parents and family members of all these people. 
  • people affected by donor conception.
  • Forgotten Australians - former wards of state, defacto adoptees and/or those who were voluntarily placed in institutions or foster care in Victoria.

Services are free if the adoption and/or ‘out of home care’ took place in Victoria. There are however, costs associated with obtaining relevant certificates, files and records. VANISH extends its services to persons from interstate and overseas for a small fee.

VANISH, a community organisation based on the self-help model, offers a support service that aims to empower individuals to make informed decisions. Most staff members have a personal experience of separation from family and so are able to empathise with service users and offer appropriate assistance and support.

PRIVACY anonymity and needs of service users are respected at all times.

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Latest News

04 Nov 2016

ICAV Lunch Read More

28 Apr 2016

Vale Anne Sullivan Read More

21 Apr 2016

New Manager for VANISH Read More

16 Mar 2016

Invitation to the 3rd Anniversary of the National Adoption Apology for Forced Adoptions Read More

01 Feb 2016

Parliamentary Inquiry into Surrogacy - URGENT Read More

19 Oct 2015

VANISH Book Launch Read More

19 Aug 2015

Adoption Penalties Repealed Read More

18 Jun 2015

Contact Statements Read More

15 May 2015

A poll on surrogacy in Australia Read More

17 Apr 2015

VANISH position on adoption for vulnerable children and children in care. Read More