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.


We provide free, confidential support services to people affected by forced adoption policies and practices, including mothers, fathers, adopted persons and extended family.

People contact Compass for many reasons, such as if they:

  • are considering searching for family members 
  • need help with personal issues
  • want assistance with relationships  
  • are unsure about making contact with family members 
  • need help with health professionals and other services.

When you call us at Compass, you’ll talk to an experienced practitioner who has had specialist training in working with people affected by forced adoption. 

We will talk with you about your situation and discuss the kinds of support and assistance that might help. We can help you make decisions that feel right for you. Depending on your needs, we may refer you to a specialist practitioner in a location that best suits you, who will provide you with ongoing support.

How do I get support?

You don’t have to know what kind of help you need when you call – we’ll help you figure that out. Call our dedicated number between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to talk to us. Phone 1800 21 03 13.

Compass also supports peer support and advocacy groups and organisations through small grants funding for projects that support people affected by forced adoption policies and practices.  

Someone from our friendly Customer Service team will take your name and phone number and arrange for a Case Manager to call you back at a time that suits you (during business hours).

Please be aware that:

  • this may take a day or two, pending other appointments
  • the phone number may come up as ‘unknown’ or ‘blocked number’ on your phone however we will endeavour to leave you a message and call you back within the hour
  • we can’t text you with an appointment time.

To view the Compass Forced Adoption Support Services brochure, click here.

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