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Make a Genogram

The Play

Use genograms to map all of a youth’s important connections.

Who Can Do This?: Anyone
Cost: Free
Timeframe: Immediate
Difficulty: Easy

The Problem It Solves

Keeping track of a youth’s connections can get complicated. Laying it out in an organized genogram can organize existing contacts and start surfacing additional possible connections.

How To Do This

  • Using a genogram tool (see below), or simply a blank piece of paper or dry-erase board, begin making a family tree of a child’s connections. A genogram should include all important connections, even if they are not legal and/or blood relatives.
  • Use the tree to generate new leads and to keep track of your contacts and progress.
  • The Extreme Family Finding Project, which has a 95% success rate, recommends a genogram have at least 150-200 people on it.

Who’s Doing This?

  • California
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Rhode Island

Real-World Examples

These tools are used and recommended by at least one of our child welfare system members, for mapping out and finding relatives of youth in foster care.

Rhode Island Genogram Excel Template Rhode Island’s dedicated family finding team share their Excel genogram template

FamilyEcho Michigan recommends FamilyEcho

GenoPro Michigan recommends GenoPro

Free Microsoft Word Genogram Templates Individual case workers shared using these Word genogram templates