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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Professional Information

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Post-adoption Training

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Supporting those Affected by

Past Adoption Practices

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Latest News

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Adoption Penalties Repealed Read More

28 Jul 2015

VANISH News Bulletin July 2015 Read More

18 Jun 2015

Contact Statements Read More

15 May 2015

A poll on surrogacy in Australia Read More

24 Apr 2015

VANISH VOICE Autumn 2015 Read More

17 Apr 2015

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

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