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.

Established by Thomas Coram as The Foundling Hospital in 1739, Coram is the UK's oldest children's charity and has been supporting vulnerable children for 280 years.

Coram is now a group of specialist organisations helping more than a million children, young people, professionals and families every year.

Over the past year, the Coram Group worked directly with 130,000 children and young people who needed our help, supported nearly three million children and young people across the UK through our education and information services, and reached millions more through our research and practice development. Find out more about the different areas of work across the Group below.

Read our Impact report 2019-20

Coram children's services include creative therapies for children and young people, parenting support and young people's programmes.

Coram Children's Legal Centre is the UK's dedicated children's rights centre, upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child through specialist legal advice, practice and policy development.

Coram Ambitious for Adoption is the first Regional Adoption Agency to be launched in London. It is run by Coram on behalf of a group of local authorities to make the adoption process quicker and simpler.

 Coram Voice gets young voices heard in decisions that matter to them and works with them to improve the lives of children in care, leaving care and those who depend on the help of the state.Coram Life Education is the leading provider of personal, social, health and economic education to almost half a million children across the UK, Finland, Barbados and Cyprus.

Coram Beanstalk has been providing evidence-based, impactful reading support programmes for young people for over 45 years.

Coram Family and Childcare works to ensure every child has access to high quality childcare and every parent is better off working once they have paid for childcare.

CoramBAAF is a multi-disiplinary membership organisation supporting agencies and professionals across the UK who work with children. It acts as an advocate on behalf of its members.

 Coram International is a research institution and consultancy, specialising in a wide range of issues relating to children's rights around the world, staffed by child rights lawyers and socio-legal researchers.

Coram-i works with local authorities to help them improve services for looked after children and provides sector insight and innovation.


Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation works with hundreds of schools and thousands of young people across the country every year, giving them the opportunity to build their confidence and cultural capital through learning about and performing the works of William Shakespeare, and participating in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival.

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 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
  • Addressing the challenges they face through creative therapy and peer networks

Find out more about Coram's fascinating history or come along to see our latest exhibition in the foyer of our Brunswick Square head office (available to view weekdays, office hours).

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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