Writing your family narrativeguidelines and questions

The family narrative gives children’s caseworkers a glimpse into your family’s life. The narrative should be easy to read and descriptive without revealing confidential information.

Below we provide brief writing tips and the questions that you will be asked to respond to when composing your family’s narrative. 

You can use this Word document to draft your family narrative in advance. Preparing and saving your narrative will give you additional time to think about your responses and ensure that you do not lose your work.

Writing tips:

  • Write in the first person (“We are big sports fans.” Or “I have experience working with children as a soccer coach.”)
  • Write in your own voice. The point of this section is for caseworkers to get to know your family.
  • Do not be too specific and detailed; describe your family and your interests in terms that are easily understood by and relatable to a broad audience.
  • Try to begin and end the narrative on a positive note.
  • Write in short sentences and paragraphs, which are easier to read quickly.
  • Use only first names when describing your family.
  • Do not include personal details of your family's past, such as deaths, divorces, alcohol treatment, etc.
  • Do not feel compelled to describe your family’s financial situation.