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’
    • ‘The boy now lives in a south coast town with his foster family.’
    • ‘He raised money and found foster families for each child.’
    • ‘He remains in contact with members of his former foster families.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eight months later, social workers found a foster family for the children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Martha informally adopted her until a suitable foster family could be found.’
    • ‘Foster families come from a range of family situations.’
    • ‘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.’