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Noun1.foster-child - a child who is raised by foster parents
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
foster daughter, foster-daughter - someone who is raised as a daughter although not related by birth
foster son, foster-son - someone who is raised as a son although not related by birth


(ˈfostə) verb
1. to look after for a period of time; to bring up a child that is not one's own. She fostered the children for several months.
2. to encourage or give help to (ideas etc). She fostered the child's talents.
ˈfoster-brother, ˈfoster-sister nouns
a child that has been fostered in another child's family.
ˈfoster-child noun
a child fostered by a family.
ˈfoster-parent (ˈfoster-father/ˈfoster-mother) noun
a person who looks after a child not his or her own.
References in periodicals archive ?
If left standing, it would be detrimental to the interests of foster children, resulting in unspeakable acts of abuse, and most certainly foster-child deaths will rise dramatically.
48) This means that every fourth household included a foster-child in 1845, while almost every fifth did in 1870.
In 1845 the girl Valgerdhur Jonsdottir was a five year old foster-child in the parish of Stokkseyri.