Adoption-related information includes:

  • Information about the adopted person, their natural parents or relatives
  • Records of adoptions.

To get adoption-related information, you must apply through one of the Adoption Information Services below. 

The Adoption Information Service can also refer you to a counsellor. You will need to have counselling before you can access adoption-related information.

Adoption Information Services are:

Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND)

FIND can help people affected by adoption by:

  • Seeking copies of adoption-related information
  • Helping locate and contact (where possible) family members separated by adoption
  • Providing referrals to support and counselling services.

Telephone 1800 130 225 (toll free)

PO Box 588, Collins Street West, Melbourne Victoria 3000

FIND’s website (External link)

Email: findduty@dhs.vic.gov.au (External link)

Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help (VANISH)

VANISH has regular support groups and can refer people affected by adoption to counsellors. VANISH can also help people search once they have received their adoptions records.

VANISH’s website (External link)

Anglicare Victoria

Telephone: (03) 9396 7400

41 Somerville Road, Yarraville VIC 3013

Anglicare’s website (External link)

Catholic Care

Telephone: (03) 9689 3888

3 Wingfield Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Catholic Care’s website (External link)

Connections UnitingCare

Telephone: (03) 9521 5666

PO Box 343 Prahran, Windsor VIC 3181

Connections UnitingCare’s website (External link)