Acronyms

A useful guide to the acronyms used in the Adoption world

Adoption Mag Online

abc-916665_1920Many adopters pepper their writing and speech with acronyms which, to the uninitiated, are completely bewildering.

Here is a handy guide to help you decipher them. Not all the acronyms are directly related to adoption per se, but they are ones that you may well come across.

A

ACE: Adverse Childhood Experiences

AD: Adopted Daughter

AD: Attachment Disorder

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

AS: Adopted Son

ASD: Autistic Spectrum Disorder

ATU: Assessment and Treatment Unit

B

BF: Birth Father

BM: Birth Mother

C

CAMHS: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CCG: Clinical Commissioning Group

D

DDP: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

DOL: Deprivation of Liberty

E

EAP: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

EHCP: Educational Health and Care Plan

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Therapy)

EP: Educational Psychologist

F

FASD: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FC: Foster Child/Carer

FD: Foster Daughter

FS: Foster Son

I

IEP: Individual Education Plan

IFA: Independent Fostering…

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