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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 The dreamer may be resisting inner needs to be childlike, or be emotionally cold and withdrawn from others who are close to the dreamer.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]
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When he awoke on his second day in the reception centre, he and the other war orphans were taken to a local factory to pick a suit: "We went up to Cooper Clothing.
Ikeda recalled the hardship many war orphans experienced, including not being able to return to Japan until 40 or 50 years after the war and the Japanese government's failure to provide adequate support after their return.
Mitsue became the second war orphan in the group to have kinship ties with Japanese family members confirmed.
WAR orphan Ali Abbas produced a poignant self-portrait - with his toes.
IRAQI war orphan Ali Abbas is to get a Manchester United tattoo on one of his new arms.
Prosthetic limb specialists carried out an initial examination on the 13-year-old Iraqi war orphan to determine the exact course of treatment.
Charles Sweeney, a devout Catholic who piloted the B-29 Bockscar in the attack, made donations to a Catholic-affiliated orphanage in Nagasaki due to his concern for war orphans after visiting the city in September 1945, Sweeney's daughter and brother told Kyodo News ahead of Sunday's 70th anniversary of the bombing, the Japan Times reported.
Having taken time away from his teaching career to assist Belgian war orphans and refugees during World War I, House had seen firsthand the devastating effects of militant nationalism in Europe.
And from the "Children of the United States" came five million gifts for war orphans and children of fathers fighting at the Front, brought by the good ship Jason (the "Santa Claus ship").
Actor-rapper Emmanuel Jal, who plays his talented but troubled friend Paul, was a child soldier during the war, and like many war orphans, doesn't know when he was born.
Since then, Esmor has made countless trips to the Balkans transporting equipment to help war orphans.
20) Behind Abbasov's inspiration for the film is the real-life story of an Uzbek couple who adopted 14 war orphans, a feat of courage memorialized in an eponymous poem by the aforementioned Ghafur Ghulom.