I have problem understanding the following scene from a manga (Yotsuba&! vol. 1 pg. 196):

Person A: Oh yeah, what about Yotsubas mother?

Person B: ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ

(I put spaces where line breaks are in the manga).

I understand parts of that sentence but can't find what the phrase in the middle of it means ("ひろわれっ子なんで"). As the character for child is the only kanji I have trouble even knowing how many words are in there, and dictionaries aren't of much help. I found a translation of the manga online and they claim it means

Oh, she was an abandoned child so she doesn't have a mom

but when I tried searching "abandon child", It appears the verb "捨てる" is used (like for example here: 彼女は自分の子供たちを捨てた). Could you help me understand what exactly is said in there?

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ひろわれっ子 is a variation of ひろわれた子 like 江戸っ子. ひろわれる is a passive form of ひろう and it means " be taken in" and "be picked up".

In fact, she is a child who was abandoned and was taken in(picked up).

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    "ひろわれっ子 is a sound change of ひろわれた子", I doubt that, do you have any sources? I think it's a variation of ひろわれ子, just like もらいっ子 is a variation of もらい子.
    – dainichi
    Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 4:31

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