foster-parent


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Noun1.foster-parent - a person who acts as parent and guardian for a child in place of the child's natural parents but without legally adopting the child
defender, guardian, protector, shielder - a person who cares for persons or property
foster father, foster-father - a man who is a foster parent
foster mother, foster-mother - a woman who is a foster parent and raises another's child
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Rokoff doubtless had sailed directly to the mainland, where it would be a comparatively easy thing for him to find the means of delivering the infant Jack into the hands of the cruel and savage foster-parents, who, as his note had threatened, would have the upbringing of the child.
I am strongly inclined to believe that this view is correct, from having been independently led (as we shall hereafter see) to an analogous conclusion with regard to the South American ostrich, the females of which are parasitical, if I may so express it, on each other; each female laying several eggs in the nests of several other females, and the male ostrich undertaking all the cares of incubation, like the strange foster-parents with the cuckoo.
Foster parents suggested a greater role for agencies in supporting foster-parent self-help systems.