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