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Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County
7001 W. 21st Street N.
Wichita, KS  67205
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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.


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

Want to try a few board games on your own? 

The Family Life & Resources Department has an extensive list of suggested board games for you to try. Take a few minutes, release some stress and strengthen your relationships.

KSRE Bonding thru Board Games joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Playing board games staves off isolation by encouraging face to face interaction and offering a momentary escape from stressful daily situations. Board games are a fun way to take a mental break.

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

Virtual Board Games 

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

Virtual Bilingual Pengoloo


                      CHECK OUT OUR 2023 BONDING THRU BOARD GAMES                        SCHEDULE and BROCHURES below!
     2023 Brochure:  English  Spanish
     2023 Schedule:  English  Spanish
Bonding Thru Board Games: Developing the Six Traits of Strong Families Around the World
     Fact Sheets: English  Spanish  
This teaching helps the family unit strengthen the six characteristics of strong families by:
  • 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.


Bonding Thru Board Games: Developing Soft Skills Needed at Home, School and the Workplace

     Fact Sheets:  English   Spanish

There are five critical skills most likely to increase the odds of success across all outcomes and which employers expect employees to have:  Social and Communication Skills; Executive Function/Higher-Order of Thinking Skills (including problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making); Intrapersonal Skills of Self-Control and Positive Self-Concept. 

Delivered as:

  • In the community
    • A 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!
    • An hour workshop
    • An hour workshop with a 1-1/2 hour event
  • In the classroom
    • We provide the Leader's Guide, Palm Cards, and Evaluation to implement in your lesson plan.  

Contact:  lizb@ksu.edu


“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because
we stop playing” - George Bernard Shaw
Sedgwick County Extension sponsors board game events (2023 Schedule/Flier) where you can participate and strengthen your family relationships.  It is also a good opportunity to test different games without having to purchase them.  If you would like to have this program in your group, school, etc., contact us at lizb@ksu.edu.

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 been lost in previous relationships.  Because children look at the world differently than adults, they may view the stepfamily in other ways.  Did 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 to you, so you can work through it at your own pace.  There are six two-hour presentations 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) 660-0166

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

Jennifer Exline
FCS Office Professional          (316) 660-0143                        exline@ksu.edu