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Titlesort descending Definition
Caregiver

A person who has the responsibility to care
for a young person in foster care.

CASA

(short for Court Appointed Special
Advocate) An adult volunteer, assigned by the court
to study and protect the best interests of a
youth in a civil, criminal abuse or neglect
case. The CASA and the youth should talk
on an ongoing basis. The CASA is your
voice in the courtroom.

Case Plan

A plan that the foster care agency, along
with the youth and family, makes and
updates regularly. It includes the services
provided to the youth and family, and
makes clear the expectations and progress
made toward reaching the goals for the
child or youth.

Caseworker

Works with youth and their families to
provide services and support, with the
goal of permanent placement for the youth.

Chafee

An abbreviation for the Chafee Foster
Care Independence Program, named
after John H. Chafee, the U.S. Senator
responsible for introducing legislation
that offers assistance to help current
and former youth in foster care achieve
self-sufficiency. The legislation provides
funds for Independent Living Programs
and Education and Training Vouchers for
higher education.

Child Protective Services

Works with children, youth and families
(sometimes the children and youth are still
in their homes) to assess, investigate and
provide ongoing social services to families
where abuse and neglect of youth has been
reported.

Confidentiality

The legal requirement that information
is kept secret. Usually attorneys,
caseworkers, social workers, foster parents
and other professionals involved with a
young person's foster care case are not to
disclose identifying or other significant
information about the foster care case
without legal authority and the written
consent of the involved parties to do so.

Court Appointed Special Advocate

An adult volunteer, assigned by the court
to study and protect the best interests of a
youth in a civil, criminal abuse or neglect
case. The CASA and the youth should talk
on an ongoing basis. The CASA is your
voice in the courtroom.

CPS

(short for Child Protective Services) Works with children, youth and families
(sometimes the children and youth are still
in their homes) to assess, investigate and
provide ongoing social services to families
where abuse and neglect of youth has been
reported.

Custody

The care, control, and maintenance of a
child, which can be legally awarded by the
court to an agency in abuse and neglect
cases, or to parents in divorce, separation,
and adoption proceedings. Child welfare
departments retain legal custody and
control over the major decisions for a child
that is in foster care. Foster parents do not
have legal custody of the children that are
in their care.