About us

Coram is an outstanding independent adoption agency working across Greater London and the surrounding areas.

"Approaching Coram, getting an interview straight away, that made me feel comfortable. That made me feel like these are the right people to go with." - Susan, who adopted her daughter through Coram

Coram has over 40 years’ experience in finding permanent loving families for children needing adoption. Our adoption service is rated outstanding by Ofsted and we are cited as a 'centre for excellence' for our child-led approach, our partnerships with local authorities, and our excellent post-adoption support. 

Our adoption teams are friendly, experienced and very familiar with the difficulties of children who have been in care. We support families through the adoption process and beyond, and we are highly experienced in helping new adoptive families adjust. 

Find out more at an adoption event near you

Support for as long as you need us

We recognise that adoptive families and their children may need support of different kinds as their children grow. We are there for families throughout the process and afterwards - for as long as you need us.  

Coram offers a range of support services after adoption, such as specially adapted parenting skills training, social events for adoptive families and support groups for adopters. 

Coram Ambitious for Adoption

Coram works across London in partnership with local authorities to deliver the Ambitious for Adoption regional adoption agency for children in their care waiting to be adopted, including Bromley, Hillingdon, Waltham ForestCity of London, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and WestminsterRedbridge. We also work with the Borough of Slough.

In addition, we consider potential families looking to adopt from across the capital. 

Visit our where we work page to find out if we cover your area.

Our latest Ofsted praises our work with local authorities:

Partnerships developed with local authorities are very successful, and result in excellent outcomes and improvements for children.- Ofsted, 2017

We are ambitious for adoption

  • We are dedicated to achieving the loving home that every child waiting for adoption deserves. Find out more about the children waiting for adoption
  • We are ambitious about ensuring that more families who can provide the ongoing support a child needs are prepared and supported throughout their adoption journey. Read more about our support for adopters
  • We are determined that adopted young people should actively participate, enabling them to make their own experiences, and those of other adopted children, better.

Our work creating better chances for children

Coram is the UK children's charity which has been helping vulnerable children for nearly 300 years.

We strive to keep adoption at the top of the political agenda and in the public eye and seek to influence policy-makers to ensure that children’s best interests are represented in policy reform, for example through responses on key elements of the 2013 Children and Families Bill.

We are a strategic partner of the Department for Education (DfE) and were involved in the development of the Government’s National Adoption Action Plan aimed at speeding up adoption. We are also a part of the National Adoption Implementation Group and National Adoption Recruitment Forum.

Visit Coram's main site for more about our work with vulnerable children

Connections across the UK

Coram Ambitious for Adoption is an active member of national professional groups and forums, including First4Adoption, CoramBAAF, Adoption UK, We Are Family and PAC-UK.

Find out more about the adoption process