Children waiting for adoption

Coram works very hard to match you with the right child. This process is adopter-led - you and your social worker will work together to determine your ambitions and what you can offer to a child.

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To help match you with the right child, we make contact with:

  • Local authorities across the UK who are seeking adopters for children in their care. This includes our partnerships with Thurrock, Redbridge and Harrow in London
  • The National Adoption Register for England and Wales, a database of children needing families (find out more with Adoption Match)
  • Direct referrals, where local authorites approach Coram directly about specific children.

Children waiting for adoption  

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.

Babies under two

Coram's early permanence scheme aims to find permanent homes for children under 24 months. This is where a baby or child in care under the age of two is found suitable foster carers who are ready and willing to adopt them if the court decides that adoption is best for them. In short, this means that the babies are placed with families who might adopt them – but that those families have to accept they are foster carers while the courts consider the best plan for the child, which might be returning to birth parents.

Find out more about early permanence here

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

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