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The Foundling Hospital ceases to exist when all boarding pupils leave The Thomas Coram School. By this time more than 27,000 children have benefited from the Hospital’s pioneering care.
The School is renamed Ashlyn’s School, and the Hospital becomes known as The Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. It plays a pioneering role in fostering, adoption, early years provision and parenting programmes over the next half century.
Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit Coram to celebrate its 270th birthday.
Coram extends its support to children by acquiring children’s charity Life Education. It calls this new area of expertise Coram Life Education.
Hetty Feather, a novel by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, is published, relaying the story of a young girl’s experience of being brought up by the Foundling Hospital from a tender age.
Foundling Voices: further information and support
If you or a member of your family attended the Foundling Hospital, or would like more information or support about issues raised in the Foundling Voices exhibition, these points of contact may be of help.
The Foundling Hospital now continues as children's charity Coram. We have retained the personal information and birth records of the children who grew up in our care, dating right back to the days of the Foundling Hospital. Through an experienced social worker, we offer a birth records information and counselling service to:
For more details, please contact the Team Manager, Coram Adoption Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8520 0330. N.B. Coram is only able to provide information for those who grew up in the care of the Coram organisations above.
If you did not grow up in Coram's care, please contact the relevant alternative organisation. Here is a list of key contacts you may find helpful:
Barnardo’s Family History Service: Holds an archive of records about the children in its care, from the early 1870s onwards. Write to: Barnardo’s Family History Service, Cottage 4, Barnardo's, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Essex IG6 1QG. Email: email@example.com
Action for Children: Ran children's homes from 1869. http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/
Children's Society: Ran more than 100 children's homes throughout England and Wales during the 1900s. www.childrenssociety.org.uk/about-us/our-history
Care Leavers Association: a not-for-profit organisation, run by care leavers for care leavers, providing advice, information and signposting to care leavers, such as how to access child care files, or what they are entitled to when they leave care. www.careleavers.com
Adoption: If you are adopted but were not adopted through a Coram organisation, and don’t know where the records of your adoption are, please try the following:
The Old Coram Association was established in 1947 for former children of the Foundling Hospital to keep in touch with each other. Membership is open to anyone who was placed in the care of the Foundling Hospital, their foster parents, spouses and descendants. For more details visit www.oca1947.co.uk