Welcome To VANISH

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VANISH (Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self-Help) is Victoria’s state funded post-adoption support service.

We are a not-for-profit, secular, charitable organisation established in 1989 by and for people affected by adoption. Our services include:

  • information and support
  • family tracing
  • assistance with reunion
  • counselling
  • support groups
  • creative expression workshops

We also provide training for counsellors and mental health professionals on the impact of adoption and family separation, and we advocate for legislation, policy, and practice that supports the right to genealogical connection and identity.

Our services are offered to adopted people (domestic and intercountry), mothers, fathers, and relatives of adopted people, as well as others who have been separated from family, including donor-conceived people and Forgotten Australians.

VANISH understands past and forced adoption practices and their ongoing legacy of grief, loss, and trauma. Most of our staff and management committee have a lived experience of adoption and/or separation from family and this unique understanding informs everything that we do.

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Latest News

17 Jul 2023

VANISH News Bulletin July 2023 Read More

01 May 2023

VOICE Autumn 2023 Read More

01 Mar 2023

VANISH News Bulletin March 2023 Read More

20 Dec 2022

VOICE Summer 2022 Read More

10 Nov 2022

VOICE Spring 2022 Read More

10 Nov 2022

VANISH AGM Fri 18 Nov 2022 Read More

11 Oct 2022

Forced Adoption Exceptional Circumstances Fund Read More

09 May 2022

VANISH Submission into Historical Forced Adoptions Read More

23 Dec 2021

Self Care Over the Festive Season Read More

17 Nov 2021