A simple family mapping tool is shown above to illustrate family links. In terms of assessment and intervention, it is a useful tool in social work practice. The genogram is most typically associated with work with children, adolescents, and families, where it is used to assess the quality of connections and behavioral patterns across generations. The genogram, for example, is used in child welfare practice to reflect changes through time, which is especially relevant in recording shifts in custodial care for situations like adoption or foster placements. Genograms, on the other hand, can be useful when working with adults and can be used to investigate issues other than family dynamics.