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

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.

Children and descendants seeking records from the former Coram Adopt Anglia agency should contact Cambridgeshire County Council on 0300 123 1093 or

Services for descendants

If you are a descendant of someone who was in the care of the Foundling Hospital we can provide information from our records with consent from the nearest surviving descendant.

Coram does not have a legal obligation to provide family history information to relatives and descendants of those formerly in its care. However, we acknowledge that lives may have been significantly affected by separation and loss and we have a unique set of records that may contain information about families of origin.

There is a charge of £75 for a package of information. If this cost prevents you from accessing the records please let us know.

Information will be processed in accordance with Data Protection regulations and personal information about third parties who may still be living cannot be disclosed.

Subject to availability this will include:

  1. admission details and application form
  2. summary of circumstances of the birth parents/s
  3. details of any foster home and dates of attendance at school
  4. summary of any medical information held (this is likely to be very limited)
  5. leaving report and employment
  6. information about the life at the Foundling Hospital School and any appropriate photographs*.

*Please note that although we have a number of photographs of groups of children, very few are named individually.

To apply for this information please email for an application form.

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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