Definition of foster care in English:

foster care

noun

mass noun
  • Temporary custody or guardianship for children whose parents are dead or unable to look after them.

    ‘they were voluntarily placed in foster care’
    ‘he was taken into foster care’
    • ‘When the authorities take Lucy away to foster care, Sam seeks legal representation.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, when you take away the parents in a poor neighborhood, the children end up in foster care, so using prisons to respond to lots of problems creates even more problems.’
    • ‘As a result of his mother's worsening mental state, he was placed into foster care.’
    • ‘The court system lacks sufficient tools, information, and accountability necessary to move children swiftly out of foster care and into permanent homes.’
    • ‘She is board president of a non-profit group that raises funds for foster children and prepares them to leave the foster care system.’
    • ‘Winfrey also gave away a four-year college scholarship to a woman who spent her teen years in foster care and homeless shelters.’
    • ‘She was raised in foster care from infancy until age eighteen.’
    • ‘The healthy baby is expected to be put into temporary foster care while the police continue an appeal for her mother to come forward.’
    • ‘At any one time, there are 580,000 kids across the country in foster care.’
    • ‘If parents can change, then foster care is really only an interim measure.’