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    Sedgwick County

    Sedgwick County
    7001 W. 21st Street N.
    Wichita, Ks  67205
    Map & Location

    Office Hours:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Monday - Friday


    Relationship Development

    Currently, our Home and Family Life program at K-State Research and Extension - Sedgwick County focuses on two aspects of relationships, stepfamilies, and bonding.

    May is Mental Health Month. KSRE Bonding thru Board Games joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Playing board games staves off isolation. Encourage face to face interaction. Offer a momentary escape of the daily situation transporting your mind to a different scenario and giving you a mental break.

    If you are new to Bonding thru Board Games, missed the workshop, or would like a refresher, please watch the Bonding thru Board Games workshop video below. 

     Virtual Board Games 

    Pengoloo: 2-4players   Age:4+ Duration: 10-15 min

    Virtual Bilingual Pengoloo



    Bonding Thru Board Games is a research-based program with the goal of teaching family life interactions and bonding via playing board games. 

    2020 Schedule   Informational Brochure
    Fact Sheets English  Spanish   
    Family Strength Cards  English  Spanish

    This teaching helps the family unit strengthen the six characteristics of strong families by creating:

     Quality Time  ● Appreciation  
    ● Effective Communication  
    ● Values and Convictions 
    Coping Skills  Commitment

    Board games promote family quality time and face-to-face interaction, key components to:
    • Connecting and fostering in a scaffolding manner the six qualities that strong, successful families around the world exhibit: enjoyable time together; appreciation and affection for each other; positive communication; spiritual well-being (values, beliefs, life skills); successful management of stress and crisis; and commitment to each other.
    • Developing social-emotional skills- learning how to read body language and developing “social capital.” (the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively).

    This 1-1/2 to 2-hour program is available for groups in the community.  You provide the volunteers to teach the games; we will train them! Sedgwick County Extension sponsors board game events every other month where you can participate and strengthen your family relationship. If you would like to have this program in your group, school, etc. contact us at lizb@ksu.edu


    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” - George Bernard Shaw

    Stepfamily Education

    Nearly half of all marriages consist of remarriage for one or both partners.  It is estimated that 1 in 3 children will spend time in a stepfamily household. Partners forming stepfamilies expect joy, peace, and happiness that may have lost in previous relationships.  Because children look at the world differently than adults, they may view the stepfamily in other ways.  Do you know...

    • Children, ages 9 to 15, may have the hardest time adapting to a new family situation.
    • It can take four years or more for a step-family to develop into what feels like a family.
    • It can take 18 to 24 months for children to be friendly to a new step-parent.

    Learning to handle new relationships in a positive way enables the step-family to move toward the happiness that the partners are seeking.  Step-families must work at understanding, being flexible, and developing a style of their own.

    Workshop: Stepping Stones for Stepfamilies - A home study program is available at your own pace.  Six, two-hour presentations are available for group study.

    • Taking time to think about my family
    • Building a strong couple relationship
    • Building step relationships
    • Understanding a child's realities
    • Understanding financial and legal matters
    • Working with others

    Contact Information

    Have Questions? Contact:

    Sedgwick County
    7001 W. 21st St. North
    Wichita KS 67205-1759
    (316) 660-0127
    Fax (316)722-1432

    Elizabeth Brunscheen-Cartagena
    Home and Family Agent
    (316) 660-0114

    FCS Office Professional
    (316) 660-0127