Make a Genogram
Use genograms to map all of a youth’s important connections.
Who Can Do This?:
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?
- Rhode Island
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