Adopted adults (18+)
Can obtain identifying information including their original birth certificate, court and agency records. You must first attend a mandatory interview; this can be conducted by telephone if the person is interstate or overseas. Fees do apply but can be waived or reduced for hardship.
Step 1: Contact: Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND) below.
From 1st July 2013, birth parents have been able to receive identifying information about their adult adopted child. Contact FIND (below) to obtain the prescribed form.
Anyone involved in the adoption can register their wishes in relation to providing or receiving information. Contact Department of Health and Human Services, below.
Department of Health and Human Services
Level 20,570 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 8608 5700, 1300 769 926 (Local call cost) 1800 130 225 (national free call)
Fax: (03) 8608 5760
The Victorian organisation VANISH INC. can help with search and counselling. Contact details are:
1st floor, 50 Howard Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
PO Box 112
Carlton South, VIC 3053
Other Victorian Support Groups:
41 Somerville Rd
Yarraville, VIC 3013
Ph: (03) 9396 7400
3 Wingfield St
Footscray VIC 3011
Ph: (03) 9689 3888
274 High St
Windsor VIC 3181
Ph: (03) 9521 5666
Origins (forced adoption support network)
16 Grandview Avenue
Croydon VIC 3136
Ph: 0423 616 256
Independent Regional Mothers (advocacy for truth and equality)
Contact Brenda Coughlan
Ph: 0437 892 634
Jigsaw services – We can assist you with information, counselling, search, contact and mediation.