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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 The dreamer may be resisting inner needs to be childlike, or be emotionally cold and withdrawn from others who are close to the dreamer.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 ?
This orphanage has absolutely no government support.
The orphanage trust, which only existed on paper, was created in 1993 with the very purpose of misappropriation, with the money having been kept idle in a bank till then.
The Speaker pleaded with the Senator representing the FCT in the National Assembly, Senator Philip Aduda ato assist in ensuring that inmates of Orphanage homes were given special treatment
The footage had the sound of a child screaming and asking a woman, who was later proven to be one of the employees in the orphanage, not to be bathed in cold water.
The Amicus said directions should be passed for furnishing data in a tabulated form about the number of orphanages in Kashmir division, including Ladakh.
Of the 38 children and teens rescued from the orphanage, 35 were from Bohol, two from Leyte province and one from Negros Island.
Summary: Minister for women Maneka Gandhi had tweeted she was examining issue of Sapkal's orphanages
The Orphanage was a patriarchal institution, with a male supervisor (with a wife by his side) at the head of all activities.
As this branch of the orphanage is currently hosting 150 boys, its other branch hosts the same number of girls.
Orphanage manager Dr Anton Romanov told the Mirror: "These children have lost their parents, families, their health, security, love, care and attention.
When war broke out, Aberlour Orphanage saw almost 300 of its residents leave to fight in 1914.