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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 The dreamer may be resisting inner needs to be childlike, or be emotionally cold and withdrawn from others who are close to the dreamer.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 ?
Orphanhood is often an example of an antithesis of dignified life or vulnerability (UNICEF, 2003).
Thus they begin to experience orphanhood, and the stigma associated with AIDS long before their parents die, especially when they assume the responsibility of caring for both their younger siblings and their dying parents.
45) Rachel Bray, "Predicting the Social Consequences of Orphanhood in South Africa" (working paper no.
In South Africa, childhood trauma, including sexual abuse but also possibly orphanhood, is associated with several risk factors among women.
In such things materials of the world have entered a kind of orphanhood.
When it comes to defining orphans by age--that is, under the age of 15--Monk said his research in Uganda and India found that orphanhood can often extend the period of dependency for a child.
The ErbB-2/HER2 oncogenic receptor of adenocarcinomas: from orphanhood to multiple stromal ligands.
To the sentimental mind motifs of abandonment, orphanhood, and death do not wallow in excessive emotionality; rather they represent an essential reality and must be treated with heightened feeling.
In each case, the Baptists in the state identified orphanhood as a distinct social problem that demanded their attention.
journey from loneliness to happiness, from orphanhood to motherhood,
It takes a mere twelve seconds and consists of four notes that feel like a clarion call rising out of his rough and tumble past, an orphanhood.
From abandonment to orphanhood, racial abuse to alcohol-induced agony, loneliness to the most awful depression, his early years were like a join- the-dots voyage towards disaster.