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see adoptionadoption,
act by which the legal relation of parent and child is created. Adoption was recognized by Roman law but not by common law. Statutes first introduced adoption into U.S. law in the mid-19th cent.
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; foundling hospitalfoundling hospital,
institution for receiving and caring for abandoned children. In Athens and in Rome until the 4th cent., unwanted children were exposed, or left to die, in appointed places. The first modern foundling hospital was established by the archpriest of Milan in 787.
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; guardian and wardguardian and ward,
in law. A guardian is someone who by appointment or by relationship has the care of a person or that person's property, or both. The protected individual, known as the ward, is considered legally incapable of acting for himself or herself; examples are a child
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What does it mean when you dream about an orphan?

The orphan is a symbol of an unwanted, unloved child, one who is needy, misunderstood, and abused by strict, un-nurturing people who exert merciless control and authority. This symbol may represent childhood memories and fears of being abandoned. The dreamer may be resisting inner needs to be childlike, or be emotionally cold and withdrawn from others who are close to the dreamer.


See also Abandonment.
Adverse, Anthony
finally, at middle age, discovers origins. [Am. Lit.: Anthony Adverse]
Carey, Philip
brought up by stingy uncle and kindly aunt. [Br. Lit.: Of Human Bondage, Magill I, 670–672]
Cass, Eppie
child found and brought up by Silas Marner. [Br. Lit.: Eliot Silas Marner in Benét, 930]
the “orfling” from St. Luke’s workhouse; Mrs. Micawber’s maid-of-all-work. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
waif indentured to the cruel Thenardiers; saved by the honorable Valjean. [Fr. Lit.: Les Miserables]
Italian war baby taken in by Americans. [Comics: Horn, 217]
Finn, Huckleberry
his mother dead; his father dies toward end of novel. [Am. Lit.: Huckleberry Finn]
Little Orphan Annie
feisty waif succored by paternal Daddy Warbucks. [Comics: Horn, 459]
Luck, Thomas
infant adopted by miners when his prostitute mother dies. [Am. Lit.: Bret Harte “The Luck of Roaring Camp” in Magill III, 597]
Philip Pirrip, orphaned as an infant. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
Twist, Oliver
foundling reared in school of hard knocks. [Br. Lit.: Oliver Twist]
References in periodicals archive ?
53) To add to this traffic, war orphans who had already been placed in homes frequently returned to the centre; even child survivors who did not come to Canada as war orphans visited Jeanne Mance House to "meet with the other children.
Foster father to 5,000 war orphans NINE-YEAROLD Tommy, of Cardiff, gazed up at the Minister of Pensions today and told him he wanted to be a bricklayer.
Now for the first time in our lives, war orphans across the nation can feel the warmth of our motherland,'' said Sumie Ikeda, a representative for the plaintiffs.
The burden of being a war orphan didn't necessarily lighten with age.
To help soothe their grief over Robin's death, the couple adopted a Korean War orphan they named Deborah Lee.
Also in their rural abode is 12-year-old daughter Elsie (Florence Hoath), and her 10-year-old cousin, Frances (Elizabeth Earl), a war orphan from Africa, where her father is presumed missing or dead.
IRAQI war orphan Ali Abbas - who lost his arms and 16 family members when a US missile razed his Baghdad home two years ago - has been told by officials at the Department Of Work And Pensions that he's not entitled to the full Disability Living Allowance, nor will it be backdated.
THE sight of war orphan Ali Abbas without arms is one of the most terrifying and humbling images of the Iraq war.
ALI Abbas, the Iraqi war orphan who graced many a front page after getting his limbs blown off, is to become a British citizen.
TEXT: ALI ABBAS, the 13-year-old Iraqi war orphan, has been fitted with his new arms, it was reported today.
Speaking at his Chester home, he said they may wish to follow the example of pop singer Mariah Carey who has reportedly said she would like to adopt a war orphan.
The event was a gift from their son Byron and daughter-in-law Kathy of Sylmar; daughter Vonceil and son-in-law Frank Allford of Sunland; and David Chun, a Korean War orphan who lived with the Elbertses, his wife, Linda, and their two daughters.