Resources and information to assist you to reach out to family members you have been separated from.
This can be a very emotional and confronting time for everyone involved, and seeking advice and support from a specialist service is wise. Relationships Australia Victoria's Compass Forced Adoption Support Service, Family Information Network and Discovery (FIND) service and VANISH (Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help) can all offer free assistance and advice.
It’s important that the person you are contacting has time to process your contact request and his or her emotions and expectations. You may have been thinking about a reunion throughout your search, but for the other person, contact may be completely unexpected. For this reason, a letter is often used to make first contact, as this gives the other person time to deal with their emotions and consider their response.
Specialist services such as FIND, VANISH and Compass can provide advice and help you compose a letter.
Call Compass on our dedicated number 1800 21 03 13.
It’s important to respect the privacy of all people involved during this time. Victoria’s Adoption Act prohibits the publication of any identifying information about people involved in an adoption without their consent. This includes mentioning names or tagging people on social media such as Facebook.