How It Works

Steps to Adopting

Decide your training date. Sign a Family Map Inventories Research Agreement. Return to Family Map Coordinator at least 4 weeks prior to training date.

Identify a Navigator, the key contact between us and your agency. The Navigator receives additional training. We’ll show you how to use the Family Map to link families to resources. Decide when you will conduct interviews. Establish a plan for referrals.

We recommend training classroom educators, who benefit most from understanding the child’s home environment. It is also important to train additional staff to support teachers or help during times of turnover.

Begin Interviews
It’s all new. Work with your Navigator to find out how it’s going and what support is needed. Set a date for a follow up meeting with a Family Map Specialist.

Meet with a Family Map Specialist to review implementation by phone or in person to discuss concerns or ask questions on behalf of your staff.

Schedule a site visit with a Family Map Specialist to meet with staff. Together, review Interview forms. Allow for one-on-one time between your Navigator and our Specialist.

Encourage staff to participate in Family Map webinars and online learning opportunities.


This training was very informative and shed a different light on Family Map! I hope that this training/trainer is used often. The manual is great and will be useful for all purposes!


“…it has been a great tool so far and helped us a lot to set the direction and guidelines when developing our family service plan.”


“…We are so excited to implement this tool…”


“…It has created a culture of openness and trust between our parents and staff. Through the Family Map process parents come to understand that we genuinely care about their family’s overall well-being…”


“…Initially, several teachers were resistant to using the Family Map, but they changed their minds after they saw how well it helped them to get to know their families better…”


“…I think it can open a conversation up about what people might need in addition to what they are already doing or what they seem to be missing…”


“My teacher really showed concern.”


“I really like how thorough they are…”


“The teacher showed concern…”


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Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St., #530
Little Rock, AR 72205-7199

Phone: 501-686-6585