Journey Through Foster Care

The foster care system can seem very confusing, but there is a process that is followed more or less the same way in each of the 50 United States. This chart can be very helpful for helping birth families, foster families, and the children themselves understand how the system works. It can also help familiarize everyone involved understand the goals of the foster care system and how the process is set up to support families.

Flowchart taken from The Unconventional Counselor.

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at She currently works as a content specialist at, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.

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