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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
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(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.
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Despite our headlong push into foster-child adoption, few if any studies have tracked how well these adoptions turn out, and some adoption advocates privately admit they fear what such research would show.
The number of households in the county rose from around 720 in 1845 to over 770 in 1870.(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.