A-Z Glossary

Many adoption, foster care and child welfare vocabulary are subject to interpretation. This glossary identifies commonly held definitions for terminology that can be found in the field. It defines common acronyms and provides comprehensive definitions for a broad range of terms. The glossary will be updated as new terminology emerges in the field and as new legislation is enacted.

A-Z Glossary – Choose a Letter

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There are 9 names in this directory beginning with the letter N.
N-643
Application for Certificate of Citizenship in Behalf of an Adopted Child: (See Certificate of US Citizenship.)

Naturalization
When a child not born in the US becomes a US citizen. (See also Certificate of US citizenship or N-643).

Neglect
The failure to provide for the child’s basic needs. Neglect can be physical, educational or emotional. Physical neglect can include not providing adequate food or clothing, appropriate medical care, supervision or proper weather protection (heat or coats). Educational neglect includes failure to provide appropriate schooling, special educational needs or allowing excessive truancies. Psychological neglect includes the lack of any emotional support and love, chronic inattention to the child, exposure to spouse abuse or drug and alcohol abuse.

Nicotine
Nicotine is a colorless, poisonous alkaloid derived from the tobacco plant and used as an insecticide. It is the substance in tobacco to which cigarette smokers can become addicted.

Non-Ambulatory
If one is deemed non-ambulatory then they are incapable of walking.

Non-Identifying Information
Information that allows the members of the adoption triad to know something about each other, but does not directly identify them to each other. First names, physical descriptions, occupation, education, personality characteristics, hobbies, interests, and religious affiliation are examples of non-identifying information.

Non-Recurring Adoption Expense
a one-time reimbursement (depending upon the state, between $400 and $2,000) for costs such as adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, physical and psychological examinations and other expenses related to the legal adoption of a child with special needs. Before adopting a child with special needs, ask your agency about the availability of federal and state subsidies.

Non-Sectarian Agencies
Any agency that does not have any religious requirements for its clients.

Notary
Authentication of a signature on a legal document. When a licensed notary of the state has witnessed the signature on a document, it is said to be notarized. The notary will attach a stamped notation and seal to the document that verifies that they are a licensed notary and witnessed the signature. For some countries, this is just the first step in authenticating documents that will still need further authentication by county, state, US, and/or foreign authorities.


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