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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our 2 little ones came from a very dysfunctional family - 2 years on, we are still dealing with the fall out. I hope with our love & support, they will grow to be happier & more secure adults.

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Every child should have a bright future ahead of them.

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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

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Indeed every child should be respected and protected. I'm committed to promoting awareness of the long-term health implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the blight of Toxic Stress.

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Continue the great work that Mr Coram taught for!

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I had a rough childhood until I was taken in by two Foster carers, Their love and selflessness saved my sister and I. Their compassion to others showed me that it is important to help those in need.

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The child is the expert on who they are and should be heard. I support collaborative decision making, with the child at the heart of discussion.

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I passionately agree with he work that Coram are undertaking to support children.

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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.

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I was emotionally and physically abused as a child. My parents grew up in real poverty and thought because we didn't they could mistreat us. I continue to struggle with depression and anxiety.

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The child his father to the man. Look after the children properly, and we have a decent chance of surviving as a race - the human race, that is.

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We must make sure all children are respected and protected!

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The brilliant work of Coram outlines the work still needed to be done to ensure children are respected and protected

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