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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Supporting those Affected by

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Latest News

18 Sep 2019

Counsellor Training - 11th & 12th November 2019 Read More

29 Aug 2019

VANISH VOICE - Winter 2019 Read More

22 May 2019


15 Mar 2019

6th Anniversary Apology Afternoon Tea Read More

17 Aug 2018

VANISH Voice - Winter 2018 Pauline Ley Honoured in Queen's Birthday Awards Read More

01 Aug 2018

MILDURA Support Groups - Aug - Dec 2018 Read More

08 Jun 2018

VANISH Voice Autumn 2018 Read More

15 Mar 2018

VANISH News Bulletin March 2018 Read More

27 Feb 2018

5th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions - March 2018 Read More

12 Dec 2017

VANISH VOICE December 2017 Read More