Genogram – Family Relationship Diagram

Publication Date: February 14, 2018

Family relationship diagramming or genograms provide a visual tool for charting basic family structure and exploring family and case relationships across time. The genogram can be useful in gathering information about family members, understanding relationship dynamics and behavioral patterns, conducting assessments, exploring placement and family support options, and guiding casework to useful and needed interventions. Title IV-E agencies can use genograms as tools in both assessment and intervention.

This webinar features Indiana and Ohio as they describe their experiences in using genograms to aid in child welfare practice. The states shared programmatic and technical challenges, risks, benefits and lessons learned integrating genogram functionality into their child welfare systems.
Additionally, Ohio demonstrated their genogram functionality.

The speakers were:


  • LaTrece Thompson, MSW, Deputy Director of Staff Development; Indiana Department of Child Services
  • Mary Engle, Assistant Director; Indiana University
  • Witney Ortiz, Peer Coach Consultant; Indiana Department of Child Services


  • Kevin Bullock, SACWIS Project Manager; Bureau of OFC Automated Systems; Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
  • Melissa Palmer, SACWIS Business Analyst; Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
  • Michele Lidle, SACWIS Business Analyst; Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Production Operations, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

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