foster home


Definition of foster home 

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

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While some children have been turned over to family members, thousands are still in shelters and foster homes run by the government and nonprofit groups. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 Many of the more than 2,000 children separated from their parents remain in shelters and foster homes. Fox News, "Gutfeld: The state of civility," 1 July 2018 Many of the more than 2,300 children separated from their migrant parents remain at makeshift shelters and foster homes. New York Times, "Protests Across U.S. Call for End to Migrant Family Separations," 30 June 2018 Rejected by both of his parents and his grandparents, Heath was an orphan by age 4 and was raised in orphanages and foster homes. Jeremy Hallock, star-telegram, "Black and white photography master Dave Heath brings 'Solitude' to the Amon Carter," 20 June 2018 Because medical foster homes are not considered institutional care, VA is not allowed to pay for it directly. Kaiser Health News,, "VA turns to foster care for veterans instead of nursing homes," 28 May 2018 Sh-neila Lee was once in a foster home for less than 24 hours. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "How one woman wants to help foster care youth, and it involves cake," 12 July 2018 Believed to be the first children in New York to have been reunited with their parents, on Tuesday, the 4-year-old boys had been living in the same foster home. Annie Correal, New York Times, "‘Mi Amor!’: Tearful Scenes as Immigrant Reunions Begin in New York," 11 July 2018 On Thursday, Avenatti posted an image of an email detailing a haunting account of a mother from Honduras whose children have been placed in a foster home. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Avenatti to Trump: Stay off the golf course, start reuniting migrant children and parents," 6 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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