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Greetings to our friends and supporters,

B2B 2012   

I hope you've all been able to enjoy Maine's best season, and are gearing up for what is likely to be a busy fall season for everyone. We had a great turnout for the Beach to Beacon 10k race in August, and the Kid First Team of Runners raised almost $10,000 for the agency!   We are so grateful for the hard work and dedication that our team put forth, and certainly hope to see them all back again next year!


September at Kids First brings new start-up dates for our afterschool support groups for kids, as well as a brand new free evening workshop for parents and professionals entitled, "The Social Cognitive Connection: A Workshop for Parents of Divorce with Children Who Have Social Learning Challenges." Barbara Baum Freethy, M. Ed., an educational therapist and former board member of Kids First, will be leading the workshop.


Please refer to our September Schedule at the bottom of this newsletter for specific dates and times for all our programs. (And don't forget, our annual conference, "The Perils of Virtual Venom," is coming up next month on October 26!)



 Peg Libby 

Executive Director

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Teachers and Child Care Providers, Try This:
"I appreciate your willingness to share with me, but I need to focus on Sally's
education and wish to think of all my student's parents in a positive light" 


If you are an educator, chances are that you work with many children whose parents are divorced or separated and may often wonder exactly where the boundaries lie between your advocacy for your student and your professional relationship with their parents.   Educators, like the children they care for, often feel put in the middle in situations where the conflict between parents is high. Additionally, educators are often called upon by various professionals working with the legal system for interviews about school performance and overall well-being of a student, and it helps to understand exactly who these professionals are and what weight the information you give may carry.


The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) has developed a comprehensive handbook entitled, "An Educator's Guide: Interacting with Separating, Divorcing, Never-Married Parents and Their Children" to help answer these questions, and many more, for all educators who work with these children and their families. This is a must read!

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Kids First Program

Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 

September 8 - Portland (207-761-2709)

September 8 - Topsham (207-761-2709)

September 8 - Farmington (207-778-6960) 

September 15 - Portland (207-761-2709) 

September 15 - Skowhegan (859-1514)

September 8 - Lewiston (8:00 am)(207-783-3990)

September 8 - Belfast - (207-338-2200 (x109))

September 29 - Augusta - (859-1514)

(similar program) September 8 - Rockland (596-0014)

(similar program) September 8 and/or 15 - Bangor (207-942-9329)


Separation, Divorce & Dads

Tuesday, September 4, 2012  

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  


Support Groups for Children & Adolescents 

Group I (grades 1-3) 4:15 - 5:45 pm

Tuesdays, September 25 - October 30, 2012

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

Wednesdays, September 26 - October 31, 2012

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

Wednesdays, September 26 - October 31, 2012

Group IV (grades 10-12)  



Free Evening Workshop 

The Social Cognitive Connection: A Workshop for Parents of Divorce  

with Children who Have Social Learning Challenges

Monday, September 24, 2012 

 7:00 -9:00 pm  


...coming up in October...2012 Annual Conference  

"The Perils of Virtual Venom: Latest Issues in Social Media and Electronic Discovery" 



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