About us

Coram is committed to improving the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

We support children and young people from birth to independence, creating a change that lasts a lifetime.

Here are some of the ways our work made a difference to young lives in 2016-2017:

  • To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of our founder Thomas Coram, the Respected and Protected report was launched, identifying areas for change so that all children have the best possible chance in life.
  • Coram's independent adoption agencies directly placed 107 children for adoption, while 142 children found loving homes through Coram's Activity Days for adoption and fostering and the national Adoption Match service found families for 277 children.
  • Coram Life Education delivered Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education to 453,000 children in over 2,100 UK schools. CLE's SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) online curriculum resources achieved 20,592 teacher subscribers. 
  • Coram Voice directly worked with 7,872 children and young people through telephone and direct advocacy services, ‘missing from home’ interviews, specialist child protection advocacy, and Independent persons, Independent visitors and participation and engagement services. Its national writing competition for care-experienced young people, Voices, received 203 entries.
  • As part of its work in upholding children's rights, Coram Children's Legal Centre answered more than 18,000 queries through legal advice lines.
  • CoramBAAF continued to lead on adoption and fostering policy and practice inlcuding training 2,764 professionals through training days, workshops and conferences.

Our History

Coram is one of the UK's first children’s charities.

We were founded in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram, a philanthropist who wanted to provide care for abandoned children left dying on London’s streets. Our pioneering work attracted some prestigious patrons including the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel.

Today, we still rely on the support of generous donors and benefactors to continue our work helping vulnerable children by:

  • Finding adoptive families who can provide the love, care and security they desperately need,
  • Inspiring children to make positive, healthy choices by helping them to better understand the risks of drugs and alcohol,
  • Upholding children’s rights and empowering children in care to make their voices heard,
  • Providing practical skills and emotional support to vulnerable parents, so they can do their best for their children,
  • Improving outcomes for children by training practitioners and working with local authorities,
  • Protecting children's rights through research and consultancy around the world,
  • Adressing the challenges they face through creative therapy and peer networks.

Our Mission

Coram's mission is to develop, deliver and promote best practice in the support of vulnerable children and young people. Our vision is that every child has the best possible chance to lead a fulfilling life. We champion what matters most for children, creating better chances, and a brighter, happier future.

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Photos in this section are posed by models to protect confidentiality unless otherwise stated.

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