Friday, July 6, 2012

What the Heck Are They Talking About?: Announcing a New Glossary of Terms

by John and Diane.

Whether you are new to the "system" or have been in it for decades, dealing with counselors, lawyers and doctors means sometimes getting new words, or worse, abbreviations, thrown at you at meetings constantly. Diagnostic terms, bureaucratic jargon and legal words can be very confusing and you don't always get an opportunity to ask what the heck it all means. 

So, I thought I would try to find a comprehensive list of terms foster, adoptive and bio. parents might need when dealing with the foster care (etc.) system.  This turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. I was looking for something that would include both legal terms and diagnostic terms, and, well, I just couldn't find one.  Hence, I put one together.

It's not the prettiest list you'll ever see, but it is here for you to refer to when you need it.

 A good place to start for those of you who are new to the foster care system, or are hearing new diagnosis terms in relation to a new child coming into your home, consider it a place to start to help make sense of all the new stuff being thrown at you.

You'll find it at the top of the blog on its own Tab marked "Glossary of Terms You Should Know."  It is a work in progress, and I left the comments box at the bottom of the page if you can think of some more terms I have missed and should include on the permanent list.  Again, we want this to be a resource for all of us, so your help is always appreciated!

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