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 1978, the U.S. government passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which established standards for the placement of Indigenous children in foster homes, and required courts to involve the child’s tribe and community in all decision-making. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Dawnland Documentary Shows How the U.S. Government Took Indigenous Children From Their Homes — and Placed Them With White Families," 5 Nov. 2018 But that’s exactly what happened thanks to the charitable agency’s work placing some 100 migrant children into foster homes in Michigan and Maryland. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "For a Charity Nowadays, Everything’s Political," 3 Aug. 2018 As the son of the company’s founder, the Dr. Bronner, Jim Bronner spent his childhood in and out of foster homes while his dad toured California giving away soap and spreading his philosophy. J. Harry Jones,, "Jim Bronner of Dr. Bronner's soap empire honored with YMCA gym dedication," 12 May 2018 They were placed in foster homes over the last month through Lutheran Services Carolinas, a group authorized by the government to provide transitional care, the news organization reported. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Migrant kids separated from parents won't likely end up in Kentucky," 21 June 2018 Because children cannot be held in federal prison, many were taken to foster homes around the U.S. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Migrant Mother and Children, Separated at Border, Reunite in New York," 4 July 2018 Dozens have been brought to Maryland, where they have been sent to foster homes or are being held in dormitories in Baltimore and Ann Arundel counties. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs,, "'There’s a family here waiting for them': Baltimore woman wants to take in granddaughter separated at border," 21 June 2018 Casel's goal is to have as many foster homes as possible so that when a child is placed into foster care, his case workers can find a family that’s the best fit. Orlando Sentinel,, "PODCAST: 'Nontraditional' foster families recruited to fill critical need (Ep. 31)," 29 May 2018 One suit filed this month seeks $100 million on behalf of three children who endured abuse in their Keizer foster home. Molly Young,, "Changes for Oregon's struggling foster care system: Longtime manager will be replaced," 11 May 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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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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