foster home


Definition of foster home

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

Examples of foster home in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brittany Williams was living at a foster home in Henrico, Virginia, in 2000, when she was first reported missing. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 6 Oct. 2021 When John B heads back home, Child Protective Services is there to take him to a foster home. Jean Bentley,, 29 Sep. 2021 She was taken to a foster home and remains there as of today. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 The siblings were off to a different foster home whose age range didn’t include Lorenzo. Briah Lumpkins, The Enquirer, 18 June 2021 Before the confrontation, the Columbus Department of Public Safety received two 911 calls asking officers for assistance at the foster home where Bryant lived. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2021 Several adult women allegedly had come to the foster home and started an altercation with the teenager, who called police, and her biological father and grandmother for help. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 21 Apr. 2021 If a newborn kitten can’t be placed in a foster home right away, it almost certainly will be euthanized. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Raised in a foster home after his mother’s fatal OD and his father’s abandonment, Parker Jode (Shea Whigham) is a still-punchy former pro fighter who now tries repairing other people’s families as a state social worker. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of foster home

1886, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2021

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“Foster home.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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