VANISH provides a specialised search service for:
- people affected by adoption in Victoria - mothers, fathers, adopted persons and adoptive parents
- people affected by adoption in other states and territories, overseas as well as intercountry adoptions
- people affected by donor conception - donors, offspring and parents
- Forgotten Australians - former wards of state, defacto adoptions and/or those who were placed in institution or foster care in Victoria
VANISH provides a professional and confidential support service for people who have been separated from their family by adoption, state wardship and donor conception.
VANISH runs support groups to provide opportunities to meet and share with others who have had similar experiences. These friendly and informal meetings offer a non-judgemental environment where you can speak about what is on your mind and how you are feeling, or you can just come and listen. For details read the Support Groups section.
As part of the Workforce Capacity Development Project (Department of Human Services) that followed the Victorian Parliamentary Apology for Past Adoption Practices, funding has been provided to VANISH until JULY 2015 to provide a counselling service for anyone with a separation or adoption experience.
The service is available to those living in both city and rural areas. While the service is located at the North Melbourne VANISH office, telephone counselling is available to those unable to travel.
On request, VANISH can provide the contact details of a counsellor familiar with the effect of adoption.
PRIVACY and CONFIDENTIALITY is maintained at all times.
Advocacy and Education
VANISH continues to be active in advocating for best policy and practice and legislative change on behalf of the adoption community, and is active in informing the wider community about matters related to adoption and associated issues. VANISH continues to be committed to sharing the lessons learnt from adoption to ensure the best interests of the child are paramount.