Serving the Kansas City Metropolitan Area
Hello! Great Circle is relatively new to the Kansas City metropolitan area – having opened our doors there in 2014. Our important and vital work continues to grow each year AND our footprint has recently expanded to allow us to serve even more children and families in the area.
Each day, Great Circle’s highly qualified staff delivers a wide variety of programs and services – some in Great Circle’s offices, but the majority taking place in the family home or other community-based locations. At Great Circle, we always strive to meet the family where they are, both physically and emotionally, because we know that gives them the best chance at success and a brighter future.
Our Local Programs
Here’s a look at how our staff of 40 (and growing) is having a positive impact throughout the five Missouri counties that comprise the Kansas City metropolitan community.
Intensive In-Home Services: For at-risk families, a family specialist works directly with family members in the home to build strengths, provide parenting education and support, and develop positive relationships. The program focuses on helping parents avoid losing custody of their children, along with preventing future abuse or neglect, and is based on the belief that a strong family unit is the best environment for children to thrive.
Intensive Family Intervention Services: It’s a difficult time for families when a child or adult is returning home from inpatient hospitalization. Our staff provides much-needed support at that critical time, helping to ease the transition and reduce the need for future hospitalizations. Services include: a 7-day followup by a skilled Great Circle clinician, along with regular in-home visits, telephone support, 24/7 on-call help when needed, and coordination of additional family support services.
Foster Care Case Management: When children cannot remain in the family home, Missouri’s Department of Social Services Children’s Division works with local agencies in to provide a safe home either with suitable family members or licensed foster care homes. In Cass and Jackson counties, Great Circle provides that support, coordinating each child’s needs with the foster families and also work with the parents to overcome challenges and work toward possible reunification.
In Cass and Jackson counties, more than 2,000 children are currently in foster care. Great Circle currently works with 225 of these children through a contract with the state of Missouri.
Foster Care & Therapeutic Foster Care Families: Great Circle trains and licenses families to become foster parents so they can provide a safe home and care for children with elevated behavioral, emotional and medical needs. Therapeutic foster care families receive additional training to be able to care for children who are at significant risk of placement in institutional settings because of emotional or behavioral issues.
Individual, Family & Group Therapy Services: There are many life circumstances that can trigger a need for therapeutic support. Great Circle’s skilled clinicians offer many specialized treatment options, including individual/family therapy, couples counseling, parent education and Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups.
PAUSE is a 12-week, group therapy-based parenting program that helps parents assess and address potentially destructive parenting beliefs. Great Circle offers PAUSE classes both in the office and in the family home.
Psychological Testing and Assessment: Psychological evaluations and developmental assessments focus on a person’s intellectual, behavioral, emotional, and social functioning. Developmental assessments for younger children help guide early intervention, while bonding assessments are useful to improve bonding/attachment therapy between child/parent, siblings or other relationships. Substance abuse assessments help pinpoint treatment needs and severity of the abuse. Based on the testing results, Great Circle’s staff develops individual strategies for treatment.
Great Circle’s testing and assessments services are available for ages 6 through adult. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 816.255.1501.
Kansas City Timeline
- September 2014 – Dietchman, Leavell and Associates practice joins the Great Circle family, expanding the continuum of care to include psychological assessments and counseling services. Dietchman, Leavell and Associates had been working with Kansas City-area adults and children since 2007.
- March 2016 – Great Circle becomes a contracted provider of foster care case management services in Cass and Jackson counties, serving 225 children and their families, and expands staff to 40.
- April 2016 – Great Circle purchases office space in Independence to accommodate growing staff needs.
- April 2017 – Great Circle hosts community open house at Independence location.