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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Supporting those Affected by

Past Adoption Practices

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Latest News

12 Dec 2017

VANISH VOICE December 2017 Read More

24 Oct 2017

5th Anniversary of the Victorian Parliamentary Apology for Past Adoption Practices Read More

24 Aug 2017

VANISH VOICE August 2017 Read More

04 Nov 2016

ICAV Lunch Read More

28 Apr 2016

Vale Anne Sullivan Read More

21 Apr 2016

New Manager for VANISH Read More

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Adoption Penalties Repealed Read More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