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 for fostering
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foster \Fos"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fostered, p. pr. & vb.
     n. Fostering.] [OE. fostren, fr. AS. f[=o]ster, f[=o]stor,
     food, nourishment, fr. f[=o]da food. [root]75. See Food.]
     1. To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
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              Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
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     2. To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to
        sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: encouragement; aiding the development of something [syn:
           fostering, fosterage]
      2: helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the
         community; "they debated whether nature or nurture was more
         important" [syn: breeding, bringing up, fostering,
         fosterage, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing]

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