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 those who have a personal experience of separation from family of origin:

  • people affected by adoption (domestic and intercountry) - adopted persons, mothers, fathers, 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 to individuals who were adopted and/or were in ‘out of home care’ 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

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Supporting those Affected by

Past Adoption Practices

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Latest News

21 Jan 2015

VANISH Support Group Dates 2015 Read More

26 Nov 2014

Media Release Coalition Government 26 November 2014 re: Specialist adoption counselling services Read More

25 Nov 2014

Media Release 27 October 2014: Labor will end discrimination of forced adoption parents 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

19 Sep 2014

VANISH 2014 AGM Address by Jenny Conrick Read More

15 Sep 2014

Australian Story featuring Jan Russ Read More

25 Aug 2014

World first for Victoria - increased opportunity for donor conceived people to find their 'donor' fathers. Media Release 25th August 2014 Read More

18 Aug 2014

Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Bill 2014 - where does adoption fit? Read More