foster child

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A child who is cared for by someone other than its natural or adopted parents or a person having parental responsibility (see foster parent). Local authorities are obliged by law to supervise the welfare of foster children within their area and to inspect and control the use of premises as foster homes. Foster children do not include children who are looked after by relatives or guardians or boarded out by a local authority or voluntary organization.

Subjects: Law.

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