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foster care,

generally, care of children on a full-time, temporary basis by persons other than their own parents. Also known as boarding-home care, foster care is intended to offer a supportive family environment to children whose natural parents cannot raise them because of the parents' physical or mental illness, the child's behavioral difficulties, or problems within the family environment, e.g., child abusechild abuse,
physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others responsible for a child's welfare. Physical abuse is characterized by physical injury, usually inflicted as a result of a beating or inappropriately harsh discipline.
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, alcoholismalcoholism,
disease characterized by impaired control over the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholism is a serious problem worldwide; in the United States the wide availability of alcoholic beverages makes alcohol the most accessible drug, and alcoholism is the most
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, extreme poverty, or crime. Such children are usually wards of the state. They may be placed by a state-approved agency in group homes, institutions (such as residential treatment centers), or with families who receive some payment toward care. The child's parents may retain their parental rights, and the child may ultimately return home. Under permanent foster care the agency has guardianship; the child may then be available for 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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 by the foster parents or others. Foster care can also provide a supervised setting for adults with mental or emotional disabilities who cannot care adequately for themselves. The concept of foster care has been extended in recent years to include care for elderly persons, on a fee basis, in the homes of people who are not family members.
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It is unclear if the foster mother in the latest case will be arrested or face any charges.
Sent off to the countryside to live with the relatives of her foster mother, Anna's life enters a period of positive change.
Keyes, a foster mother in Brimfield who has three foster children ranging from infant to school age.
Her letter to foster mother Grace Goddard is expected to sell for over 50,000 dollars by the auction house Julien's.
The foster mother rushed in and found her trying to feed the baby with a bottle.
THE remarkable 93-year-old Miss Muriel Richards, of Honley, former house foster mother at Fieldhead children's care home at Lindley run by the former Huddersfield Borough Council, has sent us more of her reminiscences and photos.
A BOY of 14 held a sharp knife at the throat of his foster mother, a youth court was told yesterday.
Fuelled by "frightening" amounts of lager and whisky, he then went on a two-week rampage in which he: Slashed his foster mother's tyres and punched his foster father in the face; Was Tasered after threatening police with a pool cue; Threatened to kill his cousin and burn down his grandparents' house; and Threatened his foster mother with a pool cue while wearing a Halloween mask.
We had a hard childhood, our foster mother was evil.
This story of the world-famous daughter handling a parent's paranoid schizophrenia provides a different survey of Marilyn Monroe and her family, including her mother, foster mother, and legal guardian.
The schoolgirl was last seen by her foster mother at her home in Westfield, East Sussex.
Her foster mother Sandra pretends she home schools her foster children, but really she puts them to work for her on the streets.