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147A Form number for SCF Case Review for Initial Service Plan used at beginning of case - original case plan; where children placed out of home.
147B Form Numbers given to SCF Case Review: Service Plan for all reviews after disposition where children are placed out of home.
147C/D Form number for SCF Case Review for Initial Service Plan- children not out of home.

AA Alcoholics Anonymous
AG Attorney General
AMA Adults Molested as Children
A.C. Assessment and Observation Center (Juvenile
Corrections)
ASFA Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997
C.A. Children of Alcoholics
CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate
COSA Children of Substance Abuse
CPS Child Protective Services
CP Cerebral Palsy
CRB Citizen Review Board

DA District Attorney
DART Day and Residential Treatment Programs
DD Developmentally Delayed or Developmentally Disabled (DD services)
DHS Oregon Department of Human Services
DUII Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
DWS Driving While Suspended

ED Emotionally Delayed
EH Emotionally Handicapped
EMR Educable Mentally Retarded
(IQ 55_69 _ mild retardation)
ESD Education Service District

FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FSAT Family Sex Abuse Treatment

ICPC Interstate Compact Policy Committee
ICWA Indian Child Welfare Act, PL 95_608
IEP Individual Education Plan
IFS Intensive Family Services
ISP Initial Service Plan

LAR Legal Assistance Referral
LEA Law Enforcement Agency

MIP Minor In Possession
MR/DD Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled

NA Narcotics Anonymous
NAFCR National Association of Foster Care Reviewers

ORS Oregon Revised Statutes
OSP Oregon State Penitentiary
OSH Oregon State Hospital
OT Occupational Therapy

PL 94_142 The Education for All Handicapped Children Act
PL 95_608 Indian Child Welfare Act
PL 96_272 The Federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980
PT Physical Therapy

SEC Shelter Evaluation Center
SED Support Enforcement Division
SED Severely Emotionally Disturbed
SB 689 Senate Bill 689

TC Temporary Commitment to SCF/DHS
TMR Trainable Mentally Retarded (IQ 40_54 _ moderate retardation)
TPR Termination of Parental Rights

UUMV Unauthorized Use of A Motor Vehicle

ABANDONMENT:
A parent or custodian's act of leaving a child without adequate care, supervision, support or parental contact for an excessive period of time (as defined by law); an express or implied intention to sever the parent-child relationship and avoid the obligations arising from the relationship.
ADJUDICATION:Resolution of a petition in juvenile court by jurisdiction and disposition.
ADMISSION:In a dependency action the parents (and perhaps child) admit that the allegations in the petition are true and consent to the court taking jurisdiction of the child. In a delinquency action an admission is similar to a guilty plea in adult criminal court.
ADOPTION AND SAFE FAMILIES ACT (ASFA):A federal law mandating certain practices, procedures and policies in a state’s child abuse and neglect statutes. If a state does not comply with the ASFA it will no longer receive the money that supports children in foster care ($84 million dollars in Oregon’s case). Oregon changed its statutes to comply with the ASFA in the 1999 session of the legislature through Senate Bill 408.
ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:The Oregon Legislature, recognizing that adoptive parents often experience financial difficulty meeting the needs of former foster care children, created the Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) to remove or reduce the financial barriers to the adoption of special needs children. The program is intended to meet the specific needs of individual children for both basic care and specialized care. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. An AAP grant amount is based upon the combination of the child’s needs and the family’s resources. SCF determines the eligibility for participation in the program. SCF also negotiates a signed adoption assistance agreement with the adoptive parents. Monthly maintenance payments, special one-time payments and/or medical cards for eligible families who are adopting special needs children.
AFFIDAVIT:A written or printed declaration or statement under oath.
AGGRAVATED CIRCUMSTANCES: A finding by the court that certain circumstances exist in the case (eg, the parent has murdered another child or that the parent has had his or her rights to a child terminated involuntarily in the past) and that this, under the individual circumstances of this case, justifies excusing SCF from its duty to make reasonable efforts to make it possible for the child to safely be returned to the parents.
ALLEGATIONS: (of a petition) Language in the petition that specifies the conditions and circumstances that justify the court taking jurisdiction of the child. Most often in a dependency petition this will detail the abuse or neglect the child has suffered or the situation or condition of the parent that is causing the abuse or neglect and that needs to be changed. In a delinquency petition the allegations are the acts the youth is accused of that would be a crime if committed by an adult.
ALLEGE: To assert that something is true
ALTERNATE PLAN:A plan for permanency for a dependent child who is in foster care in addition to the primary plan of returning the child to the parent. Sometimes called a “concurrent plan,” the alternate plan is to be ready to implement as soon as it is determined that the plan for the child to return home will not succeed. The court will review the progress on the alternate plan at each review hearing.
ANOREXIA NERVOSA:Psychological disorder characterized especially by fear of weight gain leading to lack or loss of appetite for food.
APNEA:Transient cessation of respiration.
APPEAL:Complaint to a higher court urging that it overturn the decision of a lower court. A referee's order may be reviewed by a juvenile court judge. Any person whose rights or duties are adversely affected by a final order of the juvenile circuit court may appeal to the Court of Appeals.
ATTORNEY GENERAL:The lead law enforcement official in the state. The AG's office represents DHS in termination of parental rights hearings and as general counsel to DHS.
BEYOND PARENTAL CONTROL:Juvenile disobedience to a parent or guardian such as incorrigibility or running away from home.
BIPOLAR DISORDERBipolar disorders are classified as either "mixed," "manic," or "depressed," depending on the clinical features of an episode. These disorders are characterized by mood swings: for "manic" bipolar disorder, there is a period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive or irritated moods, with inflated self-esteem, a decreased need for sleep and other behaviors outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM-IV; the manual utilized by mental health personnel for diagnostic purposes]. In "depressed" bipolar disorder, there is a dramatic swing within a short period of time with symptoms such as a markedly diminished pleasure in all activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, recurrent thoughts of suicidal ideation and other behaviors as described in the DSM-IV.
BONDING AND ATTACHMENT:The formation of a close personal relationship (as between a parent and a child) especially through frequent or constant association which meets a child's basic physical and emotional needs. Often used when referring to a child's ability to bond and attach to a new family.
BULIMIA:Eating disorder characterized by episodic binging and purging of food.
BURDENS OF PROOF:The amount of proof necessary to prove allegations or sustain state action regarding a child or youth in different circumstances.

“PROBABLE CAUSE” - Some reason to believe that an allegation is true; the amount of proof necessary to prevent dismissal of a petition prior to trial.

“PREPONDERANCE OF THE EVIDENCE” - More likely true than not true; the amount of proof necessary to establish jurisdiction or to establish a fact as proven in a review hearing in a non-Indian Child Welfare Act Case.

“CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE” - Between “preponderance” and “beyond reasonable doubt;” the amount of evidence necessary to establish jurisdiction in an Indian Child Welfare Act case or to terminate parental rights in a non-Indian Child Welfare Act Case.

“BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT” - The highest burden of proof; the amount of evidence necessary to terminate parental rights in an Indian Child Welfare case and to find a youth within the jurisdiction of the court on a delinquency petition.

CASEWORK:The function of the caseworker, social worker, or other professional in providing services to a child or the child's family.
CHILD ABUSE:PHYSICAL ABUSE - Any physical injury to a child which has been caused by other than accidental means, including any injury which appears to be in variance with the explanation provided.

MENTAL INJURY - Any mental injury to a child, which shall include only observable and substantial impairment of the child's mental or psychological ability to function, caused by cruelty to the child; with due regard to the culture of the child.

SEXUAL ABUSE - Sexual abuse, including but not limited to rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual penetration with a foreign object and incest.

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION - Sexual exploitation, including but not limited to contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, involving the child in pornography, allowing, encouraging or hiring a child to engage in prostitution.

NEGLECT - Negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child, including but not limited to the failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care.

THREAT OF HARM - Threatened harm to a child, which means subjecting a child to a substantial risk of harm to the child's health or welfare.
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES (CPS):The branch of DHS charged with carrying out child investigations regarding abuse and neglect.
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE:An elected state official who holds court in designated areas of the state. Compensated by the state (See ORS 1.260 and 3.070 for duties and powers).
CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD (CRB): A local board of highly trained volunteers, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, upon recommendation by the local presiding judge, who review the progress of cases of children who are in substitute care. CRBs review both dependency and delinquency cases if the child or youth who is within the jurisdiction of the court is placed out of his/her home in a non-secure setting. Findings and recommendations from the CRB are forwarded to the court that has jurisdiction of the child or youth. CRB review may take the place of a court review hearing, and if the court, upon reviewing the findings and recommendations of the CRB, believes that a hearing is necessary the court may order that one be held.
COMMITMENT:The formal process of putting a person into official care of another person or agency.
COMMUNITY SERVICE:A sentencing alternative consisting of work service within the community.
CONTINUANCE:Adjournment of the proceedings in a case from one day to another.
CONVICT: (Verb)To find a person guilty of a charge.
COUNTY COURT JUDGE:An elected county official who holds court at the county level. Compensated by the county (See ORS Chapter 5).