houseparent

[ hous-pair-uhnt, -par- ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær- /

noun

one of a married couple responsible for a group of young people, as students, living in a dormitory, hostel, etc., sometimes acting solely as an advisor, but often serving as host or hostess, chaperon, housekeeper, etc.
a housemother or housefather.

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Origin of houseparent

First recorded in 1950–55; house + parent
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