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Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND), Department of Human Services

Level 20, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 

Phone:
03 8608 5700 (Local call cost: 1300 769 926)
Website:
http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/applying-for-documents-and-records/ado...
  • Open Identifying Information

  • Open Non-identifying Information

  • Open Mandatory Interviews

    All applicants for information must attend an interview to understand the services offered, prepare for possible outcomes, learn about support and self help groups. In addition, applicants are informed if there is an existing party on the department’s Register who is related to them.

  • Open Contact Statements

    Adopted persons may lodge a contact statement outlining their wishes for contact with the other party. This includes the option for a 'no contact' statement. Contact statements are current for 5 years unless revoked. Contact Statements may be renewed for further 5 year periods.

  • Open Contact Register

    Contact details and wishes regarding contact or potential meetings with other parties to the adoption may be registered with the department and can be updated or cancelled at any time. Parties may also leave a letter if they do not want to be contacted but do want to pass on information such as reasons for not wanting contact or medical details.

  • Open Fees

    There is no fee for FIND's services - the pre-existing fee was waived following the Victorian Government's Apology for Forced Adoptions, October 2012.

  • Open Legislation regarding access to records