foster care

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

Court-ordered care provided to children who are unable to live in their own homes, usually because their parents have abused or neglected them. Foster parents have a legal responsibility to care for their foster children, but do not have all the rights of a biological parent--for example, they may have limited rights to discipline the children, to raise them according to a certain religion, or to authorize nonemergency medical procedures for them.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.