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 up to and including 1989.

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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Latest News

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


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VANISH Voice - Winter 2021 Read More

01 Mar 2021

VANISH News Bulletin March 2021 Read More

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21 Nov 2020

VANISH 2020 Annual General Meeting Read More