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.


The following contact services and support groups can help people affected by forced adoption. 

  • Association of Representing Mothers Separated by adoption (VIC) - a self-help group that supports all women who have lost a child or children to adoption, in a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere.
  • Connecting Home - a service for stolen generations - supports and addresses the needs of people affected by practices and policies of removing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from family, community, country and culture.
  • Independent Regional Mothers - provides information and support to women and contributes to changes to present adoption information policies and practices.
  • Link-Up Victoria - a service that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people searching for family. If you or the family member you are searching for are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and you or your family member were adopted, fostered or placed in an institution, contact Link-Up Victoria and chat to them about how they can assist you. This is a free service.
  • VANISH (Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help) - offers a support service to individuals who have a personal experience of separation from family of origin.

Further information

A list of support groups and services for people affected by wardship, adoption and donor conception can be found on the Victorian Department of Human Services website.

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