WELCOME TO VANISH Inc.
VANISH - Have moved to 1st Floor, 50 Howard Street, North Melbourne.
LOCATED in Melbourne with members in all parts of Australia, VANISH is funded by the Victorian State Government through the Department of Human Services.
SERVICES are currently available to those who have a personal experience of separation from family of origin:
- People affected by adoption - adopted persons, birth parents, birth relatives, adult children of adopted people and adoptive parents.
- People affected by donor conception.
- Forgotten Australians - former wards of state and/or those who were voluntarily placed in institutions or foster care in Victoria. Click here for more information.
Services are free to individuals who were adopted and/or were in ‘out of home care’ 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 of origin 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.
The Victorian Adoption Act 1984, Section 121, (2) states “ … a person must not publish, or cause to be published, in a newspaper or periodical, or by means of broadcasting or television, any matter that identifies a person as, or is reasonably likely to enable any person to be identified as, a party to an adoption unless the last-mentioned person has given consent to the publication.” Note 1: penalties apply for breaches. Note 2: principle applies to broadcasting via social media.