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Southwind District

Erie Office

111 South Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Fax:  620-244-3829

Fort Scott Office

210 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Fax:  620-223-0332

Iola Office

1006 N. State St.
Iola, KS 66749
Fax:  620-365-7944

Yates Center Office

211 W. Butler
Yates Center, KS  66783
Fax:  620-625-8645
Effective June 1, 2023
all offices will be open
8 am to 4:30 pm and 
closed from 12 to 12:30 pm for lunch.



Home and Family Resources

Families need practical, trustworthy information, skills, and assets to improve their quality of life and contribute to their communities. With an understanding that personal, family, and community well-being is dependent upon many kinds of knowledge and skills which are intertwined and inseparable, K-State Research and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agents provide a broad base of expertise to help solve complicated problems by teaching essential living skills including finances, aging well, caring for your home and clothes, strengthening family relationships and raising your children.  Our agents can help you navigate Medicare and Market Place Insurance, too.

Through our Family and Consumer Sciences program, K-State Research and Extension can provide information for life relating to home and family.  The programs, classes, publications, newsletters, columns, and much more, allow our agents to provide you Knowledge for Life.

Strengthening Families Program (SFP7-17)

The emphasis of the Strengthening Families program is to encourage parents to hone their skills in communicating with their children, aid in the prevention of substance abuse and other behavior problems teens are often lured into, encourage pro-social behavior in their children, increase academic success in youth, and prevent violence and aggressive behavior at home and at school.  More than anyone else parents are the experts on their children.  Rather than emphasizing something dramatically new, this program is designed to support the awakening of things parents likely already know. 

SFP is for ALL families - not just those that are struggling.  The program emphasizes the parenting skills of Bonding, setting Boundaries, and Monitoring, and is designed for all parents who desire to improve family relationships and develop a family prevention program to keep their kids safe from alcohol and drug use.  It was specifically created to correct the following youth risk factors:

  • Neglect; lack of love, care & support
  • Family conflict
  • Difficulties in communicating respectfully
  • Lax or harsh discipline
  • Lack of supervision
  • Substance use by parents (or child)
  • Stressful life events
  • Exposure to violence/abuse
  • Low expectations for school success/failure at school
  • Lack of family customs, traditions
  • Low self-esteem

For an overview of the skills addressed throughout the program, click HERE.

This program will be offered throughout the District on a rotational basis. To find out more about the program or to see when it is in your area, contact one of our office locations. 

Living Well Wednesday

If you missed any of the Living Well Wednesdays Winter Series, click the picture below to go watch them!

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Guide to Kansas Family Supports

We all go through struggles with our children, and wonder where to turn for help.  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently published a brochure that lists programs and organizations to support families. 


The Guide to Kansas Family Supports lists prenatal resources, children and family resources, as well as a number of additional resources that can help you and your family.  You can download a copy from this web page, or stop by your local Southwind Extension office.





Tara Solomon-Smith
Southwind Extension District  Family and Community Wellness Agent
Erie Office
Phone: 620-244-3825


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Cassidy Lutz
Southwind Extension District
Family and Consumer Science Agent
Yates Center Office
Phone: 620-625-8620