de facto adoption

Definition of "de facto adoption"
  1. 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
How to use "de facto adoption" in a sentence
  1. After years of raising her, the couple decided to initiate a de facto adoption for their niece.
  2. Before formalizing it legally, they raised the child in what could be considered a de facto adoption.
  3. The family had a de facto adoption arrangement for the child while waiting for legal procedures to conclude.

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