foster home


Definition of foster home 

: a household in which an orphaned, neglected, or delinquent child is placed for care

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In early 2015, the girls were placed in a stable foster home with parents who were interested in adopting the siblings, according to the Pierce County Superior Court lawsuit. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Washington state pays $19 million to settle abuse case that left child paralyzed and blind," 26 Oct. 2018 From the age of two, Robert Danzig was shuttled from one foster home to the next in and around Albany, N.Y. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Robert Danzig Survived a Bleak Childhood and Rose to Lead Hearst Newspapers," 18 Aug. 2018 In 2015, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring officials to consider the gender identity of children when placing them in a foster home. Samantha Young, sacbee, "Should ‘gender-affirming health care’ be on the radar for California’s foster kids?," 2 July 2018 The siblings have been moved at least temporarily to other foster homes as the agency investigates Maqkwone’s death, Skene said. Elyssa Cherney,, "Boy, 3, who died in fire had been left alone inside locked apartment," 9 July 2018 At least 2,500 had been placed in U.S. federal custody since May 5, and though some have been returned to their parents, most are still spread out in shelters, foster homes and other facilities across the country. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Two powerful forces collide at the U.S.-Mexico border, as immigration policy meets desperation," 22 June 2018 After his parents divorced, Wojnarowicz lived in foster homes and went to Catholic school. New York Times, "He Spoke Out During the AIDS Crisis. See Why His Art Still Matters.," 12 July 2018 My own little brush with wandering in the desert is nothing compared to my father’s, who spent much of his own childhood in foster homes with his sister. Christine M. Flowers,, "As politicians duke it out, we must remember that most children just want to go home | Christine Flowers," 12 July 2018 Immigration advocates say thousands of children remain in limbo, staying in foster homes or detention centers while waiting to be reunited with their parents. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'#AbolishICE,' urges vandalized Louisville billboard amid protests," 4 July 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foster home was in 1886

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Legal Definition of foster home 

: a household in which care is provided to a child who has been orphaned or removed from the home of his or her natural parents (as for reasons of abuse, neglect, or delinquency)

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