foster home


plural foster homes
: a home or homelike setting where a person or animal is placed for temporary care: such as
: a home in which a child receives care from a foster parent
The child, her adopted parents later learned, had been abandoned by her single mother and sent through a series of foster homesDeborah Bloom
Treehouse is a planned intergenerational community, created in the hope that a close-knit support network can prevent children from bouncing from one foster home to another and give them tools to succeed.Pam Belluck
: a household or similar setting providing temporary care to an animal (such as one that is injured or awaiting adoption)
She had provided a foster home to more than a dozen of the program's birds before and had found the work highly rewarding.Dugan Arnett
The cat project currently has 150 cats in foster homes, aside from the many cats in the shelter itself.Patricia Camerota

Examples of foster home in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was especially important for children from low-income, single-parent, or foster homes. James E. Causey, Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2024 The Eagle Ridge subdivision in Liberty Township, where Dakota Levi Stevens lived briefly in a foster home before his death, came together Monday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the boy with a pledge that his death would not be in vain. Amy Lavalley, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2024 Wellington and Merida went to foster homes, and both have now been adopted, the agency said. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 16 Apr. 2024 How to adopt: This handsome boy is living with one of the amazing foster homes of Friends for Life and will be at their adoption center, located at 952 W. Melody Ave in Gilbert, on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. until adopted. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 All of the puppies are now out of the animal hospital and residing in foster homes, where they are focused on safely putting on weight and building up strength. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 As he was being transferred from one foster home to another, this bag, secured by a red tie at the top, held all of his life’s belongings. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 His father’s girlfriend’s sister wanted him out, and because no foster homes were available, the boy was likely to be placed in a group home and possibly in a different school district, too. Deborah Sontag, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Ariel's foster home Soon after Ariel was welcomed to her foster home, the rescue posted an update for its followers. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foster home was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Foster home.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

foster home

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

Legal Definition

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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