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 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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Professional Information

Discover the impact of adoption

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Post-adoption Training

Free training for professionals.
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Supporting those Affected by

Past Adoption Practices

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Latest News

18 Feb 2015

Fundraiser for documentary on Adoption in Australia Read More

18 Feb 2015

'Elizabeth Taylor is my mother' Read More

18 Feb 2015

National Archives Exhibition Read More

16 Feb 2015

KAIAN (Korean Adoptees in Australia Network) upcoming social event. Read More

15 Feb 2015

e-baby – an exciting new Australian play premieres at Chapel Off Chapel, March 4-15 Read More

30 Jan 2015

Prime Minister's Media Release 25th January 2015 Intercountry Adoption Read More

30 Oct 2014

VANISH VOICE 25th Anniversary Read More

27 Oct 2014

Media Release 27 October 2014 Read More

24 Oct 2014

VANISH turns 25 Read More

15 Sep 2014

Australian Story featuring Jan Russ Read More