Adoption Lingo List

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A growing list of our Editor's favorite abbreviations, acronyms, lingo, jargon, and slang.

A- adoptive
B- birth/biological
F- female
M- male

TRIAD the three parties to an adoption: adoptee, birth parents and adoptive parents; however, since the adoption community has become more vocal, new terms are being coined such as constellation, circle, and others to include siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives on both the adoptive and birth sides of the family.
AA Adult Adoptee
AD Adoptee
ADAD Adoptive Dad, Adoptive Father
AMOM Adoptive Mom, Adoptive Mother
APARS Adoptive Parents
ASIB Adoptive Sibling
ASIS/ABRO Adoptive Sister, Adoptive Brother
BD Birth Daughter
BDAD Birth Dad, Birth Father
BFAM Birth Family
BMOM Birth Mom, Birth Mother
BPARS Birth Parents
BS Birth Son
BSIB Birth Sibling
BSIS/BBRO Birth Sister, Birth Brother
EMOM Expectant Mom
FBA Foreign-Born Adoptee
KS/KD/KC Kept Son, Kept Daughter, Kept Child
LDA Late Discovery Adoptee
PAPS Prospective Adoptive Parents

ABC Amended Birth Certificate
BC Birth Certificate
BMA Black Market Adoption
CC Catholic Charities
CPS Child Protective Services
CHS Children's Home Society
CI Confidential Intermediary
DC Death Certificate
DNR Do Not Remember
DOB Date Of Birth
DSS Department of Social Services
FCH Florence Crittenton Home
FHS Family History Center (LDS)
ISO In Search Of
INS Immigration & Naturalization Service
ISRR International Soundex Reunion Registry
LDS Latter Day Saints (Church of)
NON-ID Non-Identifying information
OBC Original Birth Certificate
OBIT Obituary
OLV Our Lady of Victory (home/agency)
PA Private Adoption
PI Private Investigator
POB Place Of Birth
SS Social Services/Social Security
SSDI Social Security Death Index
SW Social Worker
VS/DVS Vital Statistics/Department of Vital Statistics
and from a wonderful listsib:
HSW : Happy Social Worker

Glossary of Adoption Terms


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