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- n. a household in which an orphaned or delinquent child is placed (usually by a social-service agency)
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After a brief stint in an orphanage, little Norma Jeane is bounced around from foster home to foster home.
Not even a barren couple desperate for an adopted child wanted one with a cleft palate, so from the delivery room Gordie had become a dependent of the state, shuttled from one foster home to another until he was old enough to exit the system and try and fare on his own.