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JUNE 2013 

Greetings to our friends and supporters,      


Hard to believe that the month of May is nearly behind us, and that everyone's hard work around the Gala/Auction has paid off!  Thanks to our many generous donors, sponsors, volunteers and bidders, the auction raised over $73,000 for Kids First!  As you all know, that money will go a long way in helping Kids First to keep operations running smoothly in the coming year.

June at Kids First will offer the Kids First Program for Stepparents, as well as new start up dates for our support groups for kids.  Be sure to check the schedule to see if you or your clients could benefit from these settings. It does most people a world of good sometimes to relate to people outside of their family and friends who are experiencing the same difficult transitions that they are; please consider making a referral today.

Warmest regards,

Peg Libby

Executive Director


P.S.  check out our Wish List - every non-profit has one! 

In This Issue
The Maligned Parent: Tips on How to Respond
June Calendar of Events

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The Maligned Parent: Tips on How to Respond 


We are all well aware that kids have certain superpower capabilities when it comes to overhearing things we wish they hadn't, and in cases of divorce and separation it becomes vital that parents be vigilant to the whereabouts of their children when they feel the inevitable need to vent about some co-parenting frustration.  However, how are you supposed to handle those circumstances that are beyond your control, when your child has been deliberately told things by their other parent that they shouldn't be told? 

Sadly, all too often in cases of divorce and separation one parent may say things about the other parent to the child that cause a great deal of hurt and confusion.  It can be very challenging to know how to respond appropriately in a way that will not fuel the fire or increase your child's anxiety, but will at the same time address the accusation.  This online article from HuffPost came across our desk recently at Kids First and we felt it portrayed some real-life scenarios in a matter-of-fact manner that may be very helpful for parents searching for the right language for diffusing these difficult moments.  Other than the use of the term "ex," (where Kids First prefers to use co-parent), and the obvious fact that really successful co-parenting means being able to talk about these loaded situations with your co-parent, we think you may find this article very helpful.


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Kids First Program 

Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 

June 1 - Portland (207-761-2709)

June 1 - Skowhegan (207-859-1514) 

June 8 - Norway (207-333-6425) 

June 8 - Biddeford (207-761-2709) 

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

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

June 15 - Portland (207-761-2709)  

June 15 - Augusta (207-859-1514)


(similar program) June 1 - Rockland (207-596-0359)

(similar program) June 8 - Bangor (207-942-9329)

(similar program) June 15 - Ellsworth (207-942-9329) 


Separation, Divorce & Dads

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
June 4 - Portland

Kids First Program for Stepparents
Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
June 8 - Portland


Separation & Divorce Support Groups for Children & Adolescents

Group I (grades 1-3) 
Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:30
June 25 - July 30, 2013
Group II (grades 4-6)
Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30
June 19 - July 31, 2013
Group III (grades 7-9)
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30
June 26 - August 7, 2013







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