MKC-services - Wichita, KS

MKC- services - Adoption and counseling

MKC-services - Wichita, KS

MKC- services - Adoption and counseling
MKC-services - Children



I specialize in working with adults, infants & toddlers, children, youth, and families who are experiencing difficulties due to attachment related trauma and children who have difficulties with self-regulation. MKC services offers counseling to all ages of children, youth, adults and families.

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Behavioral Issues:

  • Acting out, angry or disruptive behavior
  • ADHD and ADD
  • Adoption and foster care issues
  • Attachment
  • Behavioral problems at school or with peers
  • Defiant, oppositional, or controlling behavior
  • Developmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • History of trauma, abuse or neglect
  • Shy, withdrawn, or clingy behavior
  • Sibling conflict
  • Parent/Child relationship problems

Possible Outcomes:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and enjoy improved relationships
  • Develop new strategies & solutions to problems & behaviors
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others
  • Learn to experience and express emotion in healthy ways
  • Develop empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family
  • Develop better mastery and security about their abilities
  • Achieve mastery in their abilities to relate to others
  • Feel successful & confident that needs will be met

For Parents:

  • Increase parenting skills
  • increase satisfaction
  • decrease stress

Intervention to help a person or family overcome problems. The goal is to improve an individual’s mental health or a family’s well-being and reduce or resolve troubling behaviors, beliefs, and thoughts and to improve relationships, social skills, and functioning.

Play Therapy is a method of therapy that is based in the natural language of children and is a child and family therapy for enhancing and building attachment, self esteem, and trust in others. This is also a great option for teens when combined with other techniques, too.

This is a theoretically based mode of therapy that allows for the assessment and intervention of problematic emotions and behaviors for help with problem solving. Play therapy allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their concerns.

TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

Focus is on increasing the responsiveness and sensitivity of the caregiver to the child. An assessment of the quality of attachment is necessary as attachment is a two-way process that requires a caregiver response. Often “children from hard places” do not elicit appropriate caregiver responses.

Children who have been traumatized are often confused; they may not completely understand what has happened, they may blame themselves; or they may hold on to myths because they've been misled and deliberately given incorrect information. They need assistance with stress management, managing their feelings, coping skills, and help processing the trauma and become desensitized to it.

The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) is a technique for the observation of adult and child as they perform a series of structured tasks together. The MIM is useful for:

  • clinical evaluation of birth parent-child relationships
  • ongoing evaluation/progress monitoring of interventions
  • assessing the appropriateness of placement with foster or adoptive parents
  • evaluating the relationship between a child and stepparent
  • help answer questions about how parents interact when relating to their one child and how two or more sibling can elicit different responses in the same set of parents
  • teachers and child care workers when there are problems in their relationship to particular children

Psycho-educational evaluations:

  • offered on a private pay basis to students outside the Wichita Public School district

Psychological Evaluation

  • tailored, individualized standardized testing to help answer referral question
  • thorough social history to address the biological, psychological & social aspects of a person in their environment.


MKC Services is a resource for adoptive families who are seeking to complete an infant adoption, domestic adoption, or international adoption in the state of Kansas and require a home study as part of their adoption process. Post placement services are also offered per your agency’s requirements.

Essentially, a home study is a report to the court that verifies your ability to provide for a child, vets your background, and establishes your ability to care for a child emotionally, physically and financially. MKC Services home studies are written in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the State of Kansas.

The scope of service at this time is conducting a home assessment (home study) and updating an existing home study for an independent, domestic or international adoption and post placement visits. This is not a Child Placing Agency and there are no services available to match prospective adoptive parents with birth mothers or children who are available for adoption.

A home study that is written for an international adoption must meet the state’s criteria, the international agency’s criteria, and the criteria set forth by the country and also by the USICS. As a result of the myriad of factors, this type of home study tends to be more expensive. Some international agencies prefer to work with certain types of providers. If you need an international home study completed, please send a message through the Contact link. A free consultation with your international agency will determine if services can be rendered.

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So, you’ve decided to adopt! You now need to obtain a home study. Here is a checklist to help get you organized:

  1. Call 316-371-7226 for an informational phone consultation.
  2. Complete the Home Study Application - Sent via secure email.
  3. Return the application with the $200 non-refundable processing fee, which is applied to the total cost.
    (PayPal button at bottom of page)
  4. Provide the email addresses of three personal references.
  5. Check with your agency or attorney regarding the type of criminal background check they require. Choose the one your attorney or agency recommends:
    • A manual background check that does not involve fingerprinting can be obtained at Certified Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Follow the link and complete a background check for each adult in your home.
    • To begin the process for a fingerprint background check, follow the Fieldprint link. Complete one for each adult in your home.
  6. Follow the link to complete your Child Abuse and Neglect (CANIS) background check for each adult in your home.
  7. Follow the link to obtain a health assessment form for each person in your home and have these completed by your physician.
    Health Form 16 & older
    Health Form 15 & younger
  8. Once the Home Study Application is received the home study interview will be scheduled.
  9. All accompanying documents (KBI, CANIS, health assessment, and references) must be obtained prior to interview date. These forms are required to finalize the study.

$200 Home Study Application Fee is non-refundable and will go toward the total service fee.

All fees, including mileage, are due prior to release of any reports.

  • Review of home study application
  • One home visit interview
  • Writing and compiling of the study
  • Documentation - 3 original documents
  • Administration costs (scanning, copying, phone calls and standard postage, etc…)

*The assessment and report shall have been completed no more than 1 year prior to the filing of the petition for adoption. Citation: Ann. Stat. § 59-2132
**This basically means your home study is current for one year

  • Consultation with international agency (this could be multiple consultations)
  • Compliance with the international agency’s standards
  • Review of the study by the agency prior to submission to the agency
  • Review of information from the application and other sources
  • Writing and compiling of the study
  • Documentation - 4 original documents
  • Administration costs (scanning, copying, phone calls and standard postage, etc…)
  • Documentation of any change needed to the study within the twelve month approval period
  • For example, a change in residence, addition of a family member or any other major life event
  • Review of updated documents
  • One home visit interview
  • Writing and compiling of the study
  • Administration costs (scanning, copying, phone calls and standard postage, etc…)
  • Documentation - 3 original documents for domestic and 4 original documents for international
  • Fee due with submission of the updated materials, prior to the home visit
  • One visit
  • Developmental screening
  • Preparation and writing of post placement report
  • Administrative costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Documentation - 2 original documents

Additional Fees

Mileage rate: no charge if travel distance is within a 60 mile radius. After 60 miles, a rate of $0.57 per mile is charged.

Additional documents are $10 per original

Non-Refundable Processing Fee

Return the application (email or mail) with the $200 non-refundable processing fee, which is applied to the total cost.

Psychological Assessment:

Coming Soon.

Massage Therapy:

Coming soon.

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