An orphanage is an institution that takes in and cares for orphans. It can also mean the state of being an orphan.
Historically it was very often the church or the state who cared for orphans. Children in orphanages may have suffered from child abuse or trauma from their parents.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Macmillan Dictionary for Students Macmillan, Pan Ltd. (1981), page 711. Retrieved 2010-7-21.