No child should be invisible

2018 marks the birth, 350 years ago, of Thomas Coram, England’s first campaigner for children.

This was a man who could not, and would not, stand by while abandoned children and babies perished on London’s filthy streets. For 17 years he fought doggedly to give them the protection and care they needed, lobbying society’s most powerful and influential members, until, finally, he was granted a royal charter to establish the first dedicated safe haven for them.

Today, Coram is proud to continue his vital work and to address the inequality and deprivation that continues to blight young lives. We fight for children’s rights. We find them permanent loving homes, we promote their voices, and we will not rest until every child is respected and protected.

Every child should be respected and protected.

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Thomas Coram

Thomas Coram

Charity Founder

I believe everyone ought in duty to do any good they can. In 1739, I founded Coram with a vision that every child should have the best possible chance in life.

Charlotte
+ Cate
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I believe voices of all children must be heard

Cate

Robert
Helen
jon
Jane
+ Abigail
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Children are the leaders of tomorrow and deserve a respectful start.

Abigail

+ Ross
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Not only should it be every child's fundamental right without question, but I'm also the proud Daddy of two beautiful girls through Coram. You do amazing work, thank you.

Ross

+ David
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No child should have their childhood taken away. As a father myself parenting has been the most rewarding thing but has also served to emphasise how we need to support children wherever we can.

David

Akhil
+ ian
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they are our future - they deserve to enjoy smiling, playing and learning and love

ian

+ Jonathan
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Through Coutts' partnership with Coram, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work so closely with Coram over the last 12 months and to have made a contribution towards the lives of children.

Jonathan

Richard E Grant

Richard E Grant

Actor

There is nothing that I would not do for my child. I would lose a limb if it protected her from pain, forsake anything and everything to help her when needs be. The prospect of not having parental love and support when you're starting out in life is unimaginably isolating and lonely and that's why Coram is so essential and life enhancing. Please pledge and support in any way you can.

Nancy
+ Hannah
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As an adopter, the work Coram do and continue to support is so crucial to these children

Hannah

Zigi
Richard
+ Luke
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More than any species, the human child is vulnerable. In a nurturing and caring environment, each child may blossom, grow happy and strong. EVERY child deserves this. We ALL should contribute to this.

Luke

PHIL
Anna
Peter
Roseanne
Emma
+ Luke
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Care experience myself

Luke

Jacqui
Rosalind  Powell

Rosalind Powell

Journalist and author of How I Met My Son

Like many adoptive families ours is born out of loss, brought together by chance, built from love. Parenting my adopted son is one of my biggest rewards in life. Watching him grow is a source of huge pride. Adopting a child is scary, risky and challenging. It is also joyful, life-changing and enriching. It has given our son the life he deserves. It can give other children the lives they deserve, too.

+ Hannah
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Because it’s right

Hannah

Pat.
Helen
+ Kelvin
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My mother was a Coram girl in the early part of the 20th. Century and I currently work with disadvantaged children, so this is close to my heart.

Kelvin

Ruth
Kris
Tony
+ kevin
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fully support this was in care when young and was a care worker

kevin

Barry
+ Rt Hon John Bercow MP
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The support that Coram provides for children and young people is invaluable in ensuring that they are cared for, nurtured and inspired to become the adults that our future needs.

Rt Hon John Bercow MP

Stewart
David

Paul

Coram adopter

My partner and I always wanted a family. We wanted to provide a family home for a child who had never had one; that’s quite a special thing to do. Coram were so positive about us and have been enormously supportive. We are a happy, healthy family. There have been ups and downs , but adopting is the best thing we’ve ever done.

+ Harriet
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Thomas Coram believed that every single child has a worth and value that should be respected. It’s a different era but the same important principles remain. I’m very proud to support Coram’s pledge.

Harriet

Jennifer
Nicky
+ Mick
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I am a foster carer of 11 years with FCC a not for profit agency and have also assisted some of the Coram adopters with strategies to help them deal with Behavioural and school issues.

Mick

Vicky
Lisa
Donna
+ Kiana
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Every child is important and deserves a good life to be valued protected and given chances more chances should be provided and more freedom from far to much burdens that children tend to hold.

Kiana

+ Emma
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Every child has the right to be heard, understood and respected even if that is inconvenient for adults. A world where every voice is heard and respected is a better world for all.

Emma

+ Antony
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Because if we don’t, who else will?

Antony

Sebrena
Joanna
Annie Lennox, OBE

Annie Lennox, OBE

Singer, Songwriter

It's harrowing to think that many children are born into the unimaginably difficult circumstances of poverty, abuse or abandonment in the UK, where there is an urgent and desperate need for intervention and support. Whether it be through developing skills and emotional health, finding adoptive parents or upholding children's rights, Coram reaches the lives of over a million children and young people every year by ‘creating a change that lasts a lifetime.’ An outstanding achievement that everyone should be aware of and fully endorse! Bravo Coram!!! Love Annie Lennox

+ Kevin
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It's easy to take children's right to respect and protection for granted. But that's simply not the experience of many children and young people. Sometimes you just have to speak up about it!

Kevin

Tyrone
+ Amanda
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Children are our future, they will inherit our good intentions as well as our mistakes. Every child is valuable and deserving of love, protection and a positive start in life.

Amanda

Emma
Dom
Mariana
+ Alice
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I am privileged to work for the Coram Adoption and Permanent Families Service, and I know the work that can be done and needs to be done to ensure that all children are respected and protected.

Alice

Catherine
Anna
+ Anita
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Children cannot stand up for themselves. We need to do it for them.

Anita

+ Stephen
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Rights are universal, but the most vulnerable need society to guarantee to protect them.

Stephen

+ Mair
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My son was denied his universal right to education due to his unmet special needs.

Mair

Jane

Coram adopter

I adopted my beautiful son, now an adult, through Coram. He has brought immeasurable richness to my life, and I hope I have done a little of the same for him. All children need a chance in life.

Ellie
Joshua
Katherine
Ollie
+ Charl
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I was blessed with a great upbringing, and I want other children to be given the opportunities I had growing up, which may not happen without the work of Coram

Charl

+ Charlotte
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I was blessed with a great upbringing, and I want other children to be given the opportunities I had growing up, which may not happen without the work of Coram

Charlotte

Kevin
+ Tony
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350 years later and our children still need us to shout on their behalf.

Tony

Piers
kim
+ Rachael
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Children are the future Every child matters

Rachael

Emma
Darren
+ Rich
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As an adoptive Dad I have seen first hand the impact on children of neglect and early life trauma.

Rich

Richard
+ Helen
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Children are the future.

Helen

Bev
Craig
Michael
Bethany
Kevin
Kev
+ Salahaldin
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Because the childern are pillars of the life If I am safe, so should be the dignity of childrens. We give them a life... We will build peaceful society I stand beside them because they must be safe

Salahaldin

Jessica
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