Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What's that you say?

As a special education teacher, I know my share of lingo. IEP, CCC, BIP, FBA....no problem. But now, I have a whole new set of lingo to learn- adoption lingo. Here is a list I found online-okay, it's from a wonderful blog I frequent, Vietnam or Bust! As a teacher, I don't endorse plagarism, but it was such a great list (thanks Jen and congratulations on your referral)!

AP: Adoptive Parent
Attachment: forming the child-parent bond, while seemingly effortless with biological children this needs to be forged purposefully by adoptive families.
DIA: The Vietnamese government's Ministry of Justice’s Department of International Adoptions (DIA) in Hanoi.
Dossier: a collection of official documents required by the foreign government to complete an international adoption.
DTV: Dossier To VietNam! This means your paperwork has traversed the ocean and arrived in VietNam.
G&R: Giving and Receiving Ceremony, a ceremony held by the Vietnamese government after which you are formally recognized as the child's parents by said government.
HS: Homestudy, process by which a licensed social worker puts together a document describing your home environment and suitability to parent.
IA: International Adoption
I-600: Petition to classify Orphan As an Immediate Relative, used to classify an alien orphan who either is, or will be, adopted by a U.S. citizen as an immediate relative of the U.S. citizen to allow the child to enter the U.S. The petition is filed by the U.S. citizen who is adopting the child.
I-600A: Application for Advanced Processing of Orphan Petition, this form is used by USCIS to adjudicate the qualifications of the applicant(s) as prospective adoptive parents. Filing this form will generally speed up the part of the processing relating to the qualifications of the prospective adoptive parent petitioner(s).
I-171H: Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petitions. You're approved by the USA!
LID: Log In Date, the date your dossier is received and approved by the DIA. Quite exciting for VietNam PAPs because it now has bearing on when you can receive a referral!
Medicals: The medical information sent along with the child, usually containing height, weight, HIV status, HepB status, and a few other items (if you're lucky).
PAP: Prospective Adoptive Parents, until the day you get your hands on your child you are prospective!
Referral: Finally, the most important piece of the puzzle, the baby!
TD: Travel Dates, for VietNam, parents are given a date that they are required to be in the country. Usually 1 to 2 days prior to the G&R date.

1 comment:

shep said...

Congratulation on beginning the journey. Let Tapestry Books help by introducing you to the many book resources we have organized for the adoption community. Tapestry has been working with adoptive, and prospective adoptive, families since 1990. (See "Parent Preparation" books under Tapestry Picks.)
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