connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is pleased to advise that the following projects have been funded by our Forced Adoption Support Service.


Project title 

Project description

Expected completion

Adoptee Round Table Think Tank (ARTT) Organising Committee Adoptee Round Table Think Tank (ARTT)
A two day gathering of adoptees to discuss their particular support needs for the future.
June 2017
Adoption Origins Victoria Inc Origins Victoria retreat A facilitated retreat will be held to build individual and organisational capacity via the development of an organisational plan in a team strengthening environment. August 2017
Anglicare Digitising of Anglicare’s Victoria’s catalogued photographs Digitising over 2000 catalogued photographs of babies, children and children’s homes; to improve storage, protection and access to archival material. June 2016
Association Representing Mothers Separated by Adoption (VIC) (ARMS), previously Association of Relinquishing Mothers (VIC) (ARMS)
Support group facilitation training Develop the skills of existing support group facilitators so that they are able to better assist attendees. May 2017
ARMS publications The updating and printing of two ARMS publications: an information pamphlet and a booklet marking the 30th anniversary. These will increase community awareness of the loss and trauma of adoption. May 2017
Mildura Outreach Advocacy - Mildura Outreach Support Project continuation
Aims to increase advocacy and support to women in the North West of Victoria affected by past forced adoption policies and practices. ARMS will facilitate four support groups and increase local awareness.
June 2018
Self-healing event A one-day event featuring speakers and a therapeutic activity. Held for women who have lost children to adoption.  November 2017
ARMS IT and social media capacity building project An IT consultant will be employed to update the organisation's website, construct a social media presence and train members in the maintenance of these information and support platforms. November 2017
                    Victorian Regional Outreach Support Groups  Increasing community awareness of the existing regional support groups in Ballarat and Traralgon. December 2018
Connections UnitingCare
Mental health first aid training
Equip staff providing adoption programs with the skills to better meet the mental health needs of those affected by past forced adoption policies and procedures.
June 2017

Independent Regional Mothers (IRM)

Auspiced by Wellington Shire

Cherished memorial
A bronze statue memorial will be installed in Sale, Gippsland to record the National Apology and subsequent Victorian Apology to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.
March 2017
Lauren Howe

Auspiced by Lyrebird Community Centre
Understanding Adoption Peer Support Group Aims to increase support options for adult adoptees in the south eastern suburbs Monthly peer support and information group for adult adoptees. January 2017
VANISH (Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help)  Commemorative community events
 Two events will be held to commemorate the State and National Apologies for Forced Adoption. Held in October (2016) and March (2017) respectively. May 2017
North West Victoria outreach
Raising awareness of the effects of past forced adoption policies and practice in Mildura and Horsham regional areas. Facilitating regular support groups in Mildura.
June 2017
Metro and regional facilitator support group training New and existing support group facilitators of metropolitan and regional groups will attend training to improve their skills in group work facilitation.  June 2017
Adoptee Creative Expressive program II An art therapy course specifically designed to target the needs of adoptees.  February 2018
VANISH (lead agency) and ARMS  Victorian Regional Outreach Support Groups Increasing community awareness of the jointly run VANISH and ARMS existing regional support groups. May 2017


For more information about these projects and upcoming funding rounds, please call the Forced Adoption Support Service Coordinator on 1800 21 03 13.

Forced Adoption Support Services are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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