The Records, Find and Connect team can support you to search for natural family members. Open Place works with VANISH to conduct these searches. VANISH, as well as conducting a search service in response to requests from Forgotten Australians, on behalf of Open Place, provides a search, support, information and referral service for those who have had an adoption or donor conception experience.

This search may involve applying for your records to obtain helpful information about your natural family.

This journey can bring up mixed emotions as you find out about your family history. The search can take a significant amount of time to complete and you will be updated as information about your family is found.

We always suggest that you may like to take the opportunity to have some counselling while you undertake your family search, if you are not already using a counselling service.