fosterage


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fos·ter·age

 (fô′stə-rĭj, fŏs′-)
n.
1. The act of fostering; nurturance or promotion: government fosterage of new technologies.
2. The act or custom of placing a child with a foster parent or parents, especially when practiced as a traditional childrearing method in certain societies.

fosterage

(ˈfɒstərɪdʒ)
n
1. (Law) the act of caring for or bringing up a foster child
2. (Law) the condition or state of being a foster child
3. the act of encouraging or promoting
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fosterage - encouragement; aiding the development of something
encouragement - the expression of approval and support
2.fosterage - helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more important"
acculturation, enculturation, socialisation, socialization - the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture; "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture"
References in classic literature ?
A youth passed in solitude, my best years spent under your gentle and feminine fosterage, has so refined the groundwork of my character that I cannot overcome an intense distaste to the usual brutality exercised on board ship: I have never believed it to be necessary, and when I heard of a mariner equally noted for his kindliness of heart and the respect and obedience paid to him by his crew, I felt myself peculiarly fortunate in being able to secure his services.
As a consequence, patron-client relationships, involving fosterage and adoption, volunteerism and collective endeavors have been quite widespread in Africa.
Dans le large continuum de ces diverses modalites, elle se situe a Foppose de la garde temporaire et se distingue aussi radicalement du fosterage (49), car elle detache completement et definitivement l'enfant de ses premiers parents.
64,65) Other evidence, however, suggests that the effects of child fosterage may be more complex and may depend on the specifics of the fostering arrangement and the circumstances surrounding it.
214) These benefits are extended beyond married mothers and fathers to legal custodians and those who have "taken a child for permanent care and fosterage.
Simply put, the novel implies that its heroine's fosterage at Mansfield Park is essential to the alterations or improvements that allow Fanny Price to become Fanny Bertram, and yet the positive values the novel associates with that estate are native to Fanny Price rather than to the Bertrams.