An amazingly large number of children in the media suffer from having no parents or losing a parent Other children are "lucky enough" to have both parents, but unfortunately live in worlds where there are no families happly married. For most such children, life is an endless series of disappointments and let-downs. A lucky few, though, manage to find a Parental Subsitute
They are an adult friend who fills the children's lonely life with guidance and often love. They guide the child and teach them how to stand on their own feet, how to have fun, and how to not be so bothered by the fact that Mommy or Daddy isn't around (or ignores them). If the parent is dead, they may have known him and are able to answer when the child asks about their parents. They often tell the kid they are proud by them. Usually, by the end of the story, they leaves as well, but at that point the kid is able to stand on their own two feet.