Birth records

We offer a birth records and counselling service for people who grew up in Coram’s care and their descendants.

We have carefully retained the personal information and birth records of the children who have grown up in Coram’s care, ever since our establishment as the Foundling Hospital in 1739.

Your birth records

Through an experienced social worker, we offer a birth records information and counselling service which is available for:

  • 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 at or on 020 7520 0383.

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 at or on 0300 123 1093.

Ashlyns school © Coram 2014

Services for descendants

Historical records more than 110 years old are open to the public through the London Metropolitan Archives. For records under 110 years old, we can provide information from our records with consent of the nearest surviving descendant.

Coram does not have a legal obligation to provide family history information to relatives and descendants of those formerly in our care. However, we are aware 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.

We can provide a package of information for £75. If this cost prevents you from accessing the records, please let us know.

Subject to availability this information 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 you don’t know where the records of your adoption are, you can:

  • contact the local authority or adoption agency which arranged your adoption. If you do not know the relevant agency, you can make a first approach to the Social Services Department of the local authority in which you live.
  • visit the Adoption Search Reunion website, designed 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.