Although no longer an orphanage, the legacy of Thomas Coram lives on in the form of the Coram Family, a charity that exists in order to help those seeking to adopt a child into a loving family. The Coram Family look for people who can provide the necessary quality of care and then to help in the complex and often lengthy process that takes place before a child can legally be adopted. Always the interests of the child, the birth parents, and the prospective adoptive parents need to be safeguarded. In England today there are approximately 3,500 children seeking adoption [Now 4,000 (2011)], of whom about half are under the age of five. Prospective parents can come from all walks of life: whatever their race, religion, sexual orientation, all can be considered .
Children who are adopted are very rarely orphans, and once a child is adopted, or during the process of becoming legally adopted, he or she is encouraged (if they wish) to stay in contact with their birth parent(s) and to remain connected to their past by being helped to make a ‘life-story book’. You can find out more at the Coram Family website.