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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Supporting those Affected by

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Latest News

25 Mar 2015

2015 National Conference for Donor Conceived People Read More

20 Mar 2015

2nd Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoption Read More

20 Mar 2015

Support Group Reminder Traralgon, Ballarat 21st March Read More

12 Mar 2015

VANISH Afternoon Tea Thursday 19th March Read More

12 Mar 2015

VANISH Newsletter March 2015 Read More

18 Feb 2015

National Archives Exhibition Read More

18 Feb 2015

'Elizabeth Taylor is my mother' 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