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.


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


BF: Birth Father

BM: Birth Mother


CAMHS: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CCG: Clinical Commissioning Group


DDP: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

DOL: Deprivation of Liberty


EAP: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy

EHCP: Educational Health and Care Plan

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Therapy)

EP: Educational Psychologist


FASD: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FC: Foster Child/Carer

FD: Foster Daughter

FS: Foster Son


IEP: Individual Education Plan

IFA: Independent Fostering…

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