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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 The dreamer may be resisting inner needs to be childlike, or be emotionally cold and withdrawn from others who are close to the dreamer.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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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has launched "The UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors"
Dubai - His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched "The UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors", a new initiative to fulfill needs of these segments at multiple levels through a group of alternatives for individuals and families interested in taking part in the effort.
Damascus, SANA-The state's care for the orphans in Syria is increasing.
Khartoum, Feb.4 (SUNA) The Kuwaiti Embassy in Khartoum, - has granted the African Charitable Society for Maternal and Child Welfare $ 300 thousand for the implementation of various projects for orphans , homeless and poor families.
Amman, Dec 14 (Petra) Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah attended today a lunch at the King Hussein Club in Amman held in recognition of sponsors and supporters of Al Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans.
Mardan -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial minister for local governments and rural development and leader of Jamaat-i-Islami Inayatullah Khan has asked rich and well-to-do people of society to come forward and help orphans by providing them all facilities of daily life.
The YK Almoayyed and Sons Group has openeda BD15,000 information technology (IT) facility to help orphans in the kingdomlog-on to a brighter future.Group chairman Farouk Almoayyed, along withboard members Amal and Salwa Almoayyed, opened the new IT room at Al SanabelOrphan Care Society in Busaiteen.
Based on previous research, the scientists expected the orphaned juveniles to play less frequently and smoothly than the mother-reared chimpanzees: After all, the orphans had missed their most important caretaker throughout a sensitive socialisation period, and continued to lack a safe and facilitating social environment provided by their mothers.
Ibrahim Mohammed Ali, 15, resides in the Orphans Dormitory.
A Bahraini charity has issued a desperate appeal to raise hundreds of thousands of dinars to "adopt" its 1,300 registered Bahraini orphans.
Orphans in Baghdad not exceeding 100.000, committee BAGHDAD/ Aswat l-Iraq: Orphans Statistics Committee expected today that the orphans' figures in Baghdad will not exceed 100.000, while the total will reach in all Iraqi provinces to 400.000.
February 10 2012 (TUR) -- A Turkish charity organization has extended a helping hand to orphans in Sudan and Somalia.