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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 The dreamer may be resisting inner needs to be childlike, or be emotionally cold and withdrawn from others who are close to the dreamer.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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Although in intermediate regression models, paternal orphanhood was positively associated with males' having had sex, the association was not significant when the authors adjusted for household circumstances.
Psychosocial stressors (poverty, orphanhood, parental physical/ mental illness or loss) negatively affect adherence, educational and mental health outcomes.
The stakeholders stated that they do indeed collect and record the cause(s) that led to orphanhood and vulnerability, but they do not share the information outside of their own organization; therefore, it is not being used to adjust the public health programs to the actual needs.
In both When We Were Orphans and Never Let Me Go, the representation of the narrators' consciousness through their storytellings intersects with the active use of memory to overcome orphanhood and a different approach to the nostalgia of past times, which is vectorized towards the future.
Participants of the meeting also raised the question of possible amendments to the administrative code, which would protect children of migrant workers from social orphanhood.
However, Morrison has also dealt with insanity caused by other emotionally scarring situations, such as war in Sula's character, Shadrack, or as a result of the loss of your loved ones, sudden orphanhood, as in A Mercy's Sorrow.
19 (SUNA) The Wali (governor) of South Kordufan State, Ahmed Mohammed Haroun has affirmed that the repeated attacks of the rebel on Kadugli is only an expression of despair and orphanhood that prevailed among them after the State of South Sudan announced its disengagement from the north sector; stressing that the armed forces are capable to repulse these attacks .
Word, of course, is out, and so all of their intended victims claim orphanhood.
He pointed out that other related initiatives of the President which are meant to fulfill the housing needs of the citizens, as well as his directives to provide social guarantees for citizens in cases of old age, disability of work, orphanhood, widowhood or unemployment in addition to supporting health policies aiming at directing financial resources to improve basic services for citizens.
16) In classical Chinese gu is ambiguous, and can be used for a child who lost just a father, or just a mother, or both, so widowhood and orphanhood would frequently coincide.
For Borges, then, the Argentine writer can only be called by that name when he abandons himself, leaves himself behind, so to speak, of, if calling upon other senses of "abandonado" (linked to the notions of orphanhood and even of bastardry), is someone outside the legality of the family structure.