Your birth records

Were you adopted through Coram and want to find out more?

Teenage girl looking pensive while balancing on a park benchCoram has carefully retained the personal information and birth records of the children who have grown up in its care, ever since it was first launched as the Foundling Hospital in 1739.

Through an experienced social worker, we offer a birth records information and counselling service to:

  • former pupils of the Foundling Hospital and their descendants
  • those who grew up in the care of the Thomas Coram Foundation as foster children
  • adults previously in the Foundation’s care as children but later adopted by their foster parents
  • adults placed for adoption as children through Coram or Adopt Anglia (including Cambridge Association for Social Welfare) 

If this sounds like you and and you would like more information, please contact us on 020 7520 0383 or at 

Please note that we are only able to provide information for adults who fulfil the criteria listed above.

If you are looking to trace records of relatives who you think were in the care of the Thomas Coram Foundation or Foundling Hospital, you can find out more about services for descendants here. 

Non-Coram adoptions

If you are adopted but were not adopted via Coram or Adopt Anglia or in the care of Coram/the Foundling Hospital, and don’t know where the records of your adoption are, please try the following:

  • the local authority or adoption agency which arranged your adoption. If you do not know which agency did this, you can make a first approach to the Social Services Department of the local authority in which you live.
  • the Adoption Search Reunion website, intended to be the first port of call for anyone thinking about searching for or making contact with birth and adopted relatives or researching an adoption that took place in the UK.

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