Common Terms and Acronyms in Foster Care and Adoption
There are so many new and confusing aspects when entering the world of foster care and adoption, but one of the most confusing has to be all of the new terms and acronyms. I was so overwhelmed the first time I started to see these pop up in social media groups and in emails from my caseworker... not to mention those first couple court hearings! With some help from The Salvation Army Children's Services, I've compiled two reference sheets to help you demystify these common terms and acronyms.
I’d like to point out that I’m not an advocate for or against using all of these acronyms, as some find BM for birth mother offensive. I still wanted to include them all because you will see them, and I want you to know what they mean.
If you come across any additional acronyms or terms that aren’t listed here, and you aren’t sure what they mean, feel free to leave them in the comments below.