foster child

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  1. a child raised by someone who is not its natural or adoptive parent.
  2. a needy child, as one living in an impoverished country, supported or aided by contribution to a specific charity.

Origin of foster child

1150–1200; Middle English fostercild Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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foster child

  1. a child looked after temporarily or brought up by people other than its natural or adoptive parents
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