Definition of foster family in English:

foster family


  • A family that provides custody or guardianship for children whose parents are dead or unable to look after them.

    ‘the children ended up living with foster families for more than two months’
    • ‘He was removed from his family as a young boy and spent four and a half years in an orphanage before being taken in by a foster family.’
    • ‘Children in need of care usually stay at the safe house until they can be placed with a foster family.’
    • ‘Even though the boy loved his foster family, I wanted him returned to his mother.’
    • ‘Martha informally adopted her until a suitable foster family could be found.’
    • ‘He raised money and found foster families for each child.’
    • ‘The children are said to have been placed with a foster family on the island until relatives arrive to collect them and bring them back to the UK.’
    • ‘Foster families come from a range of family situations.’
    • ‘Eight months later, social workers found a foster family for the children.’
    • ‘The boy now lives in a south coast town with his foster family.’
    • ‘He remains in contact with members of his former foster families.’