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.

Birth parents
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.

Adoption Information Services
Department of Justice and Community Safety

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) 860v.au8 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

Ph: (03) 9328 8611
Fax: (03) 9329 6527
Toll Free: 1300 826 474

Other Victorian Support Groups:

Association of Relinquishing Mothers (Vic) Inc. (ARMS)
PO Box 645, Deepdene, Vic 3103
Ph: 0400 701 621

41 Somerville Rd
Yarraville,   VIC   3013
Ph: (03) 9396 7400

Catholic Care
3 Wingfield St
Footscray   VIC   3011
Ph: (03) 9689 3888

Uniting Connections
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)

Jigsaw WA services – We can assist you with information, counselling, search, contact and mediation.

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