Ward and Adoption Records

Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND)

People who have experienced Wardship or Adoption often feel they need information and often look for an opportunity to contact relatives. This can be a positive and mutually beneficial process.

Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND) helps people to access personal and family information, records and support about past Wardship and Adoption in Victoria.

Please note that FIND previously provided counselling to people seeking access to information from the Donor Conception Registers in Victoria. These services are now provided by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Authority (VARTA).

How Family Information Networks and Discovery can help

Victorian State Wards (Forgotten Australians)

  • Provide access to records and documents.
  • Assist former wards of state or their family members locate and make contact with each other.
  • Work with other agencies that provide services to people who have been in out-of-home care, including those providing service for Indigenous Australians to assist you.
  • Provide counselling and support when accessing files or making contact with family members.

Adoption

FIND provides access to information about past adoptions that are connected to Victoria, including Intercountry Adoptions. FIND can also help people who were adopted in the United Kingdom. As well as accessing documents, FIND can help adopted people and their families make contact with each other.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people

Many Aboriginal people have experienced adoption and wardship that has had a profound influence on their health and wellbeing and led to disconnection from their families, traditional lands and culture.

FIND works actively with a range of Aboriginal agencies involved in supporting the Stolen Generations and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by adoption, wardship or other family separation.

Changes to the Adoption Act 1984

Natural parents are able to receive identifying information about their adult adopted children, without the need for the adopted person's permission.

An adopted person is able to regulate contact by lodging a contact statement that outlines the type of contact they wish to have with their natural parent. On 18 August 2015, legislation was passed by the Victorian Parliament to repeal contact statements and associated penalties from the Adoption Act.

The legislation does not affect a person’s right to register their wishes in relation to contact on the Adoption Information Register. For further information about these changes, please contact Family Information Network and Discovery (FIND).

Contacting FIND

  • FIND inquiry form

    Use this form to contact FIND to get information or advice on accessing personal and family information, records and support about past Wardship and Adoption in Victoria. Alternatively, write to or call FIND. See details below.

  • Personal stories from those with ward or adoption experience

    Personal and sometimes moving stories about Adoption and Wardship experiences in the state of Victoria.

Further contact information

Family Information Network and Discovery (FIND)
Level 20
570 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: 1300 769 926 (local call cost) or
1800 130 225 (national free call)

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