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Pledge for the Invisible Children

The year is 1739. James is two days old, lying in a London doorway. Unnoticed, ignored. Seemingly invisible. His mother could not keep him. So, heartbroken she left James in the hope someone would care for him.

The year is now 2014. Ben is three. His mother struggled with alcohol and drug addiction and couldn’t look after Ben so, at just a few days old, he was taken into care. But Ben has been waiting for a loving new family ever since. Unnoticed, ignored. Seemingly invisible.

275 years ago, a man called Thomas Coram set up Britain’s first home for abandoned children, to care for babies like James.

Today, Coram still fights for vulnerable children. We find children like Ben loving adoptive families, we give vulnerable young people a safe place to live, and we fight for children’s rights.

We’ve been creating better chances for children for 275 years. But today’s invisible children need your help.

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Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson

Actress

All children, not just our own, deserve a safe place, our respect and our love. Coram provides this for many children who might otherwise go to the wall. Please help them to hear their voices.

+ Jayne
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We are adopters of a beautiful, clever little one, invisible for far too long. Kids who survive such hideous abuse need ongoing help & support. They are heroes.

Jayne

Sarah
Natasha
Claire
Kate
Kirsty
+ Michelle
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I was one of those children. I was a lucky one. Fostered at the age of 3 months and never left the family.

Michelle

Paul
+ Louis
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'Because the children are our future'

Louis

+ Dianne
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Going through the assessment process for adoption we, my son and I, learned about the many children in need of help and support - we're still waiting, but we are here and still looking to help.

Dianne

Yas
+ Sara
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Children are the biggest present one can have in life. I can't stand the idea of children suffering...

Sara

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.

+ Samantha
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Every child, regardless of where they are from deserves an equal opportunity to live a long and happy life and nobody should possess the right to decide otherwise.

Samantha

+ Sukh
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Coram, like many other charities around the world, are in a position to be instrumental in change to young people. I commend your work.

Sukh

+ David
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Maternal line goes back to a Foundling, Edmund Moss, 2nd wife's first natural child was adopted: they were re-united before she died., and I remain in contact with him

David

Siobhan
+ Rod
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Coram, like many other charities around the world, are in a position to be instrumental in change to young people. I commend your work.

Rod

Debra
Amy
mags
Maya
Claire
Bernadette
+ Kathleen
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I believe it's important that we stand up and be a voice for children, who more often than not are being let down by those that are meant to be supporting and safeguarding them.

Kathleen

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.

Michael
Rebecca
+ Earlyna
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I don't think any child should be vulnerable or uncared for.

Earlyna

Amy
Hannah
Maria
Helen
Victoria
Emma
Emma
Saanchi
anne

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.

+ Gisele
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It's thanks to Coram that I have my son and for that I will be eternally grateful. You do an amazing job.

Gisele

grace
+ Andy
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I lost my parents when I was 10 years old and lucky enough to have a second chance at childhood by my maternal aunt. Many kids aren't as lucky. All kids deserve support and love- no exceptions!

Andy

Vigdis Thordisdatter
Lesley
Cllr Ralph
+ Rebeca
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I believe there are no more powerful, yet fragile creatures than children. Within each child lies an immense potential to change and contribute positively to our society, which should be protected.

Rebeca

+ terry
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Children need all the help and support that we can offer

terry

+ lorraine
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I am an ex addict and have been clean for nearly 9 years. I am currently studying a Degree on Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Treatment. My passion is to help others that have been through hard times

lorraine

+ Dagmara
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Stand up and speak for children so they do not get lost in the system.

Dagmara

+ russell
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We have adopted two girls who are doing so well . I work with challenging young people . I was an adopted child.

russell

+ Mark
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Because every child needs love and support and we need to create a kinder society.

Mark

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

Robert
+ Margaret
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I am an adopted baby from the foundling hospital in Brunswick Square WC1 way back in 1949. I had a "cuddly" for many years which had been a baby jacket donated by the Queen!

Margaret

+ Laura
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As a foster carer it's so important to make a stand for the children you care for. Never be afraid to let your voice be heard!

Laura

+ Rosemary
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My ancestor was a foundling baby left at the Foundling Hospital in 1756

Rosemary

+ malachi
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I myself am a child and I hope that people can understand how hard it is for me to see the way these children are living and I will help by posting fliers around my school

malachi

+ Helen
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Very simply....because they need us to. And because we have failed as human beings if we don't.

Helen

+ Danielle
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All children deserve the same chance at life

Danielle

Jane
+ Andrea
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All children are vulnerable - it is vital that they are supported

Andrea

+ Harrison J.
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As one who has fallen in love with so many abandoned and orphaned children from fiction, I feel it is my duty to ensure their stories remain nothing more than fiction.

Harrison J.

Ruth
Lauren

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.

+ Noura
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I had a lovely peaceful child hood with my parents and brothers and sisters around I had all the love and care I needed. I wish for every child, to have a lovely childhood.

Noura

Amy
Helen
Nichola
Michelle
+ Roy
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After seeing the impact on the adults around me who, as children, did not have someone to stand up for them. This means so they can't stand up for their children. I want to break this cycle of despair

Roy

+ Kath
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Reading the stories of so many abandoned kids at the Foundling Museum made me think about children today without the emotional foundation of a loving home. Coram helps vulnerable kids gain that love.

Kath

+ Colin & Julie
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We just believe that every child has a right to a enjoy life without the fear of neglect or abuse, sadly this is not the case. Keep up the great work that you do!

Colin & Julie

+ Jean
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I am part of a large loving family with children,grandchildren and great grandchildren. It is such a privilege that I believe is the right of every child, to have a home and a family where they belong

Jean

Bethany
+ Javed
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My name is Javed Irshad and I am 38 years old Christian male and serving in children Ministry for the last 12 years in Pakistan, and for the last 5 years we are taking care of 10 orphan children.

Javed

+ julia
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We are foster carers planning to adopt our foster child.

julia

Shani
+ Becky
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What a wonderful charity supporting vulnerable children via a huge number of services nationwide. Every child deserves a chance - and Coram gives them that and more.

Becky

+ James
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Great Charity and it's a great feeling to fundraise for them

James

+ Ruth
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As I was brought up in a single parent family it could have all gone so wrong once my mum died. Luckily it didn't. However I can't bear mistreatment of children. Well done Coram for being there.

Ruth

Darren
+ Frances
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As a society we must look out for the vulnerable, especially children who find themselves in impossible situations through no fault of their own.

Frances

Christine
Liz-Ann
Louise
+ Ann
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Each child should be as precious as the next

Ann

+ Helen
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No child should be invisible, every child has a right to be heard and every child has a right to be listened to

Helen

+ Nancy
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Coram Life Education Educator, teacher and advocate of children with special needs, parent, once a child myself. Delighted observer of the progress we've made, horrified observer of that we've not...

Nancy

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