Children waiting for adoption

What will my adopted child be like? How old will he or she be? Will I be able to find a child that matches my heritage? 

Young pre teen girl lying on grass in parkThese are the just a few of the questions you may have as a prospective adopter.

Rest assured. We work very hard to match you with the right child. To do that, we make contact with:

  • Local authorities across the UK who are seeking adopters for children in their care,
  • The National Adoption Register for England and Wales, a database of children needing families,
  • Adoption UK, which publicises information about children waiting for adoptive families,
  • Direct referrals, where local authorites approach Coram directly about specific children.

Our children  

So what are they like? All children waiting for adoption need unconditional love and support to help them flourish, assured by the knowledge that you, their new parents, will always put them first. 

  • Some of our children are babies who have already had a poor start in life;
  • some are older;
  • some have brothers and sisters with whom they need to stay;
  • others again have special needs or disabilities;
  • many have experienced difficult childhoods and have problems they will need help to overcome.

Families with a Black or a mixed heritage background?

More than one third of Coram’s adopting families come from a black or minority ethnic background. This means we can place vulnerable children with safe, loving families knowing that their sense of identity will be valued and nurtured. We are however actively looking for more. 

While we place high value on matching children with new parents who share a similar racial or ethnic background, we are also interested in hearing from families, including those of mixed backgrounds, who would consider adopting a child of a different heritage. Please get in touch if you feel confident about helping such a child feel proud and confident of their background and their adoption.

Babies under two

Today,very few babies are voluntarily given up for adoption. But it is possible to adopt a baby through our concurrent planning scheme. In concurrent planning, concurrent carers foster a baby whose future is being decided by the family courts. If the courts decide that the birth family is capable of meeting the needs of the child, he or she will be returned to their care. However, if the courts decide that the child cannot go home, the concurrent carers will then go on to adopt the child. 

Watch our adopters talk about the special moment they met their adopted child.

*A film transcript is provided for accessibility. Reproduction by third parties is strictly forbidden. Please contact our Press Office with enquiries.

Browse more real-life adoption stories