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VANISH welcomes support for programs that assist vulnerable children to remain safely in their own culture and country with kin and extended family.

We are unable to vouch for these programs but they are recommended by VANISH members and we commend them to you for your own due diligence and possible support.


Intercountry Adoption News


Article written by Chinese Adoptee


Intercountry Adoption

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Updates to the Attorney-General’s Department Intercountry Adoption website are now live with information regarding the changes to the eligibility criteria in the adoption program with China.

Please follow the link below:


'Nightmares are Dreams Too: The True Story of Vanessa Pearce'

'Why a Generation of Adoptees is Returning to South Korea.' Article by Maggie Jones New York Times, January 14th 2015®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0


A new webpage, with information about the current intercountry adoption environment, is now live on the Attorney‑General’s Department intercountry adoption website. The wepage can be accessed at

Gathering Group Photo Korea 2014

Children have been adopted internationally in Australia since the 1960’s when 292 children arrived from Vietnam as part of ‘Operation Babylift’. Since then the numbers of intercountry adoptions has risen, peaking in the mid 2000’s and is now slowly declining as sending countries are able to expand their internal welfare programs to accommodate their own citizens.

VANISH recognises that intercountry adopted persons experience the lifelong impact of separation from their parents, extended family members, name, language, culture and country of origin.


The Hague Convention

The Hague Convention on 'Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption' was established in 1993. This convention sets out the ethical principles and legal guidelines to be employed by partner countries in order to help ensure that the best interests of children are paramount in any consideration of intercountry adoption. Australia ratified the Hague Convention in 1998. Please follow the following link to learn more


Korean Adoptees in Australia Network (KAiAN, Inc.)

Since the end of the Korean War, approximately 200,000 Korean children have been adopted to overseas countries. KAIAN is a newly established not-for-profit organisation formed for and by adult Korean adoptees in Australia.  The mission of KAIAN is to provide information, raise awareness, and build a supportive community for Korean adoptees nationwide.  To learn more about KAIAN and hear about upcoming events, visit our website at


Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND)

The FIND and Connect service can provide access to information about past adoptions that are connected to Victoria, including Intercountry Adoptions. If you are interested in applying for your adoption records and discussion your situation follow this link:


Support Groups at VANISH (link)


Articles about Intercountry Adoption (link)