de facto adoption
- A pledge to take a child as one's own, typically leading to an official adoption once the relevant court has received the necessary paperwork
- After years of raising her, the couple decided to initiate a de facto adoption for their niece.
- Before formalizing it legally, they raised the child in what could be considered a de facto adoption.
- The family had a de facto adoption arrangement for the child while waiting for legal procedures to conclude.