What do you call a found baby who's parents due to poverty or some other reasons put them on a way and go a way?

I searched a lot, but I didn't find any term to use in this case. Actually I doubt if there is any specific term for this case.

I would be thankful it if someone could let me know about it.

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    "unwanted/abandoned"? "baby drop-off box" for unwanted newborns
    – zx8754
    Feb 8, 2017 at 9:57
  • An orphan? It's usually used when the parents have died, but I think also works when they have abandoned the child.
    – user42526
    Feb 8, 2017 at 10:00
  • This is probably a little left of center, but maybe a baby who has been put up for adoption? Feb 8, 2017 at 11:11

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The closest word for what you want is probably foundling:

an infant found after its unknown parents have abandoned it

It's a bit old-fashioned and not as popular as it used to be, but it's still extant.

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