When you take a child from an orphanage, you adopt him.
What do parents do when they give him away?

And I mean volunterily, not in "child services confiscation" kind of way.

A-and I mean the child ending up in the government institution, not in some other family.

I found word disown, but that is about family link ending, not about child joining the orphanage.
Similarily - abandon

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Parents can give up a child for adoption. I am not aware of any shorter expression.


In American English, the common expressions are either to give up the child for adoption, or put up the child for adoption.

For example:

Giving a baby up for adoption in New York or New Jersey allows you to make a loving and secure plan for your child if your circumstances make it hard, or impossible, for you to parent a newborn.

Putting your baby up for adoption can give them a loving family, a safe home and a bright future.

  • I've seen 'hand over' as well. Commented Jan 19, 2023 at 22:22

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