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Hello Kansas City … So Nice To Meet You!

Great Circle’s visibility in the Kansas City area continues to grow, with the help of a recent open housewarming event and creation of a regional council.

About 200 people celebrated Great Circle’s expansion of services in the Kansas City area during an April 21 “housewarming” of the Independence office, 18610 E. 37th Terrace South. The office is the home base for therapists and social workers who provide in-home foster care case management and intensive intervention services and support to families in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson and Platte counties. The office also houses individual, group and family therapy, along with parenting education programs and foster parent training. Great Circle has additional offices in south Kansas City and in St. Joseph.

The recently-formed regional council strengthens Great Circle’s ability to collaborate and lead local efforts to improve behavioral health for children and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Current council members are: chair Molly Merrigan and Jacqueline Cook, both former judges; Lori Burns-Bucklew, of Foster Adopt Connect; Tom James, of Esterline Power Systems; Dan Murphy, of Traders Insurance; C.J. Stagner, asphalt paving company co-owner; and Kate Nolen, of Lathrop & Gage law firm.

“We’re pleased to have these individuals join us in advocating on behalf of the many children and families who are facing difficult challenges in their lives,” said Vince Hillyer, Great Circle’s president/CEO. “Each member brings significant professional and personal expertise and passion to our organization, and we look forward to their guidance in strengthening our work throughout western Missouri.”

Great Circle has been serving the Kansas City area since 2014, following a merger with the counseling practice Dietchmann, Leavell & Associates.