the condition of being a child without living parents
"his early orphanage shaped his character as an adult"
orphanage, orphans' asylum(noun)
a public institution for the care of orphans
A public institution for the care and protection of orphans.
Orphanhood; the state of being an orphan.
Origin: Attested since the 1570s; .
An orphanage is a residential institution devoted to the care of orphans – children whose natural parents are deceased or otherwise unable or unwilling to care for them. Natural parents, and sometimes natural grandparents, are legally responsible for supporting children, but in the absence of these or other relatives willing to care for the children, they become a ward of the state, and orphanages are one way of providing for their care, housing and education. It is frequently used to describe institutions abroad, where it is a more accurate term, since the word orphan has a different definition in international adoption. Although many people presume that most children who live in orphanages are orphans, this is often not the case with four out of five children in orphanages having at least one living parent and most having some extended family. Most orphanages have been closed in Europe and North America. There remain a large number of state funded orphanages in the former Soviet Bloc but many of them are slowly being phased out in favour of direct support to vulnerable families and the development of foster care and adoption services where this is not possible. Few large international charities continue to fund orphanages; however, they are still commonly founded by smaller charities and religious groups. Some orphanages, especially in developing countries, will prey on vulnerable families at risk of breakdown and actively recruit children to ensure continued funding. Orphanages in developing countries are rarely run by the state.
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The numerical value of orphanage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of orphanage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
When I came to the orphanage, there wasn't any information left behind, a lot of my birth culture was lost and forgotten.
I understand that smoking is vaguely inappropriate in certain situations. You know, like an orphanage, cancer ward, whatever.
He said you are here because you want to use Christianity to remove government and it was like no, I don’t want to do that, I just came here to start orphanage, loving people and share the gospel with people and just that.
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Translations for orphanage
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- دار الأيتامArabic
- дзіця́чы домBelarusian
- dětský dům, sirotčinecCzech
- Waisenhaus, KinderheimGerman
- orfanato, casa cunaSpanish
- orpokoti, lastenkotiFinnish
- orphelinat, maison d'enfantsFrench
- अनाथ आश्रमHindi
- perorsaavik, børnehjemmi, meeqqat angerlarsimaffiatKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- មជ្ឈមណ្ឌលកុមារកំព្រា, គ្រឹះស្ថានរក្សាក្មេងកំព្រាKhmer
- bērnu namsLatvian
- dom dziecka, sierociniecPolish
- прию́т, де́тский дом, детдо́м, [[прию́т]] [[для]] [[сиротаRussian
- сѝротӣште, sìrotīšteSerbo-Croatian
- detský domovSlovak
- дитя́чий буди́нокUkrainian
- اناتھ اشرمUrdu
- trại trẻ mồ côiVietnamese
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