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 (hous′pâr′ənt, -păr′-)
A person who supervises a residence, such as a dormitory, for young people.
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(Social Welfare) social welfare a housefather or housemother
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(ˈhaʊsˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær-)

a housemother or housefather.
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because all the houseparent used to warn us that there were racist mob there, because every night us and the houseparents used to come out and see a couple of white people hanging around our school".
Thus, when a resident or a houseparent is asked who the newcomer is, the standard reply is, "I don't know what his name is, but his offense is ________."
It's Boniface's houseparent, Henry, who tells him the people are mean because they are afraid--and armed with this knowledge and his own personal familiarity with fear, Boniface vows to help not only his fellow orphans, but the town itself.
Mrs Raca added: "The letters we receive from his 'houseparent' fill me with joy.
The former Quarrier's houseparent, 66, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in 2004.
After an hour or so I gave up and headed back to the boys' cottage, where I encountered my houseparent. "Why were you using a telescope to peer into the girls' cottage?" he demanded.
A MAN who carried out a campaign of sexual abuse on vulnerable boys at the Midland school where he worked as a houseparent has been jailed for eight years.
These five included the unvaccinated twins who lived in the same dormitory, the dormitory houseparent, and two other students in different dormitories.
A "houseparent" at Summerhill for nine years, Matthew Appleton has provided the most recent narrative in A Free Range Childhood: Self Regulation at Summerhill School.
Eight to 12 young people of mixed ages live in each student home and are cared for, assigned household tasks and generally kept in line by a married couple with specialized training in child care and child development who have completed the school's Houseparent Certification Program.
In 1976 and 1977, Michael Porter worked as a group home houseparent in Bowling Green, Ohio, and se of the Ohio Association of Group Homes for a year.