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:
- Coram Capital Adoption, Coram Adoption East Midlands and Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption placed 116 children for adoption, while 120 children found loving homes through Adoption Activity Days and the national Adoption Match service found families for 232 children.
- More than 170 children received Creative Therapy (music or art therapy), with 100% of head teachers and teachers saying they were satisfied with Coram's service.
- Coram Life Education delivered Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education to 475,000 children in over 2,000 UK schools, with 97% of staff surveyed saying that CLE helps their school meet Ofsted requirements. CLE's new SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) online curriculum resources gained 8,000 school-based subscribers in the first six months.
- Coram Voice supported more than 3,000 children and young people through telephone and direct access services, 97% said Coram Voice helped them with their problem. The Voices 2017 writing competition received 50% more entrants compared to the previous year while Coram Voice's Bright Spots team published Our Lives, Our Care, the first insights from a survey of looked after children's wellbeing.
- The Child Law Advice service provided legal information and guidance to at least 17,298 callers and 688,629 website users on child, family and education law.
- Coram supported 270 parents in Thurrock with parenting programmes or one-to-one help while the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) continued to work with families involved in care proceedings.
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.
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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