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Greetings to our friends and supporters,


You may have noticed, Kids First has a fresh new look!

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We have updated our logo to reemphasize the true mission and focus of the Kids First Center, which has always been about keeping the kids out of the middle!  Reminding parents that it is within their power to lessen the negative impact of this life-altering event on their children's lives (and supporting their efforts to do just that) is what we're all about.


In other news, our Gala/Auction took place this month and, thanks to the tremendously generous efforts of the local community, we raised over $83,000!   A huge amount of support in the form of donated items, donated time, sponsorships, ticket sales and generous bidding made it all possible, and we are so grateful to everyone who had a part in this success.  I'm sure you've heard it before, but it is endlessly heartwarming for an agency as small as ours to be the recipient of so much good will, and inspires us to always put our best foot forward while encouraging those around us to do the same.



Peg Libby
Executive Director

In This Issue
Confessions of a Divorced Kid
June Calendar of Events

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Confessions baseball kidof a Divorced Kid: 
The Awkward Baseball Game
Andy Campbell

It's the bottom of the ninth.  Full count, two outs and the bases are loaded.  I could win the game with one accurate swing.  The weight of the world is on my 10-year-old shoulders.


But standing there, staring into the pitcher's eyes, I'm not thinking about the fact that I could win or lose a big game for my team.  I'm too worried about after the game -- and mom and dad sitting on opposite sides of the bleachers, their gaze cast down on me like white-hot spotlights.  

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JUNE 2012  




Kids First Program

Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 

June 2 - Portland (207-761-2709) 

June 2 - Skowhegan (207-859-1514 

June 9 - Biddeford (207-761-2709)

June 9 - Lewiston (207-783-3990)

June 9 - Belfast - (207-338-2200 (x109))  

June 16 - Portland (207-761-2709) 

June 16 - Biddeford (207-761-2709)  

June 23 - Waterville (207-859-1514) 

(similar program) June 2 - Rockland (596-0014)

(similar program) June 9 - Bangor (207-942-9329)

(similar program) June 16 - Ellsworth (207-942-9329)


Support Groups for Children & Adolescents

Group I (grades 1-3)  4:15 - 5:45 pm 

Tuesdays, June 19 - July 24

Group II (grades 4-6)  4:00 - 5:30 pm 

Wednesdays, June 20 - July 25

Group III (grades 7-9)  5:45 - 7:15 pm

Wednesdays, June 20 - July 25


Kids First Program for Stepparents

Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

June 9


Separation, Divorce & Dads

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

June 4  



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