About Us

Supporting people impacted by adoption for over 30 years

VANISH is a not-for-profit organisation for adults affected by adoption — including adopted people, mothers and fathers separated from a child by adoption, and other family members. VANISH also assists Forgotten Australians (Care Leavers) and donor conceived people.

We provide free confidential services including assistance with applying for records, family tracing, support with outreach and reunion, counselling, support groups and creative workshops. We also offer training for professionals about the impacts of past and forced adoption practices and ways to provide appropriate support.

Established in 1989 by and for people affected by adoption and funded by the Victorian Government, VANISH is widely respected as a lived experience-led organisation specialising in search and support. Our services are provided by a dedicated team of professionals, assisted by our wonderful volunteers, supporters and members.

With over 30 years of experience, we are strong advocates for the community we serve.

We lobby to end discrimination, remove barriers and support our community to achieve their rights and meet their needs. Together we work towards a society that honours the best interests of the child and the right to genetic identity and connection.

Our Vision

That the human right to genealogical connection and identity is recognised and supported in the broader community and in legislation, policy and practice.

Our Purpose

To empower and assist those who have experienced adoption, donor-assisted reproduction or other separation from family, by providing a formal structure through which to deliver efficient and effective advice, search and support services and advocacy.

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Empowerment
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Inclusiveness
  • Self help

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