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A foster home in which the foster parents or caregivers have specialized training to provide care for children and adolescents who may have emotional or behavioral problems. Also referred to as a “Treatment Foster Home.”

If family reunification has been ruled out and adoption is a possibility for the child, the agency may petition (request) for termination of parents’ rights to the child. If the court terminates parental rights it means the child is legally free for adoption. It also means that your biological parents have no legal rights pertaining to the child anymore.

A person (usually a foster parent or care provider) who is appointed by the Department of Education to make sure that a youth’s special education needs are being met.

Sexually transmitted diseases (also known as STDs and once called venereal diseases or VD) are infectious diseases that spread from person to person through intimate contact.

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