• WordNet 3.6
    • n foster-child a child who is raised by foster parents
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foster-child A child nursed or brought up by one not its own mother or father.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Foster-child a child nursed or brought up by one who is not its parent
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fóstrian, to nourish, fóstor, food.


In literature:

For it is said that ever he is the lesser man who fosters another's child.
"Laxdæla Saga" by Anonymous
Njal had taken as his foster-child, Thord, the son of Kari.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Head-nurse and Foster-mother wept tears of joy at the glad news, and proposed at once that they should wrap the child in a blanket and start.
"The Adventures of Akbar" by Flora Annie Steel
Teachers and parents should foster these manipulative tendencies and use them for the child's good.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
She stretched out her arms toward the queen; she called with tender words for her foster-child, her Louisa!
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
She could not; Foster was not part of her life, near and close to her, her chosen husband, the father of her child.
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
The function of education, then, is to foster the growth of the child's whole nature, or, in a word, of his soul.
"What Is and What Might Be" by Edmond Holmes
A rustle of whispers roused him, and he raised his silvered head to behold the loveliness of his stolen foster-child.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
It is precisely the task of fostering or creating in the child the basis of all loyalty.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
When the day was over, Alpheus called to him his foster-child.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various

In poetry:

The mother's child you fostered then
Salutes you now and bids you take
These little children of his pen
And love them for the author's sake.
"To Mary Field French" by Eugene Field
Grow, then, my foster-child, and strengthen,
Bough over bough, a murmurous pile,
And, as your stately stem shall lengthen,
So may the statelier of Argyll!
"On Planting A Tree At Inveraray" by James Russell Lowell
Some other poor burd mun attend to her young,
An work hard to find 'em wi' grubs,
An all her reward, is to find befooar long
At her foster child treeats her wi' snubs.
"Cuckoo!" by John Hartley
No more by the rhythm of slow-moving rocker,
Their sweet dreamy fancies are fostered and fed;
No more to low singing the cradle goes swinging—
The child of this era is put into bed.
"The Old Wooden Cradle" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I will fight for my land,
I will work for my land,
Will it foster with love, in my faith, in my child.
I will eke every gain,
I will seek boot for bane,
From its easternmost bound to the western sea wild.
"My Fatherland" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Well sir, come tell me what you want as quick as you can,
Well then replied Dubois do you know one Halbert Evesham
That dwells in the little village of Brenchley,
Who has a foster child called Violet Evesham of rare beauty.
"Grif, of the Bloody Hand" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The most important thing to a foster child is a happy, safe home, where they feel wanted, protected and loved.
EL PASO — Police arrested Antonio Lopez, 27, and charged him with capital murder in the death of his 11-month-old foster child, Jayla Beckley.
When it comes to foster care, the Child Saving Institute receives many last minute phone calls and only a few minutes to make decisions that will impact the life of a child.
Foster child became symbol for problems at Florida agency.
A Lancaster County man has been arrested for seriously beating his own three-year-old foster child.
Denice Givens, Joe Rock, Foster Child, Turnpike Joe, School of Rock.
Woman gets 4 years for foster child's death.
The state, which runs the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, aims to improve health care for thousands of foster children in southeast Wisconsin.
Shirley Napolitano aims to be someone a foster child trusts and turns to.
Miami woman smothered foster child.
The crisis in our state's Child Protective Services and foster care systems.
Pastor Rob's wife, Jennifer and their foster child are also involved in the program.
A judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of a South Florida woman accused of killing a young foster child even though a prosecutor's law license had been suspended for months before the trial began.
Each tree has ornaments that contain the wish list for a local foster child.
KUIC's Don Potter posing with a Kate, a KUIC listner and her foster child John.