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Greetings to our friends and supporters,      


Along with cooler weather and a long anticipated sabbatical for our Executive Director, the month of October at Kids First promises to be a busy one.  In addition to the multi-week programs that started in September and will run through the month, October brings the Kids First Program, the Kids First Program for Stepparents, Separation, Divorce & Dads, and our annual fall conference for professionals.  Do check the Calendar of Events below for specific dates and times for these programs.

And please remember, professionals who would like to learn more about what the Kids First co-parenting education model is all about are welcome to attend a Saturday morning session at no cost, anytime - just check in ahead of time to be sure there is space available.  The whole community benefits when we're all on board about the importance of effective co-parenting communication!

Warmest regards,

Mary Swann

Acting Director 


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In This Issue
How Can Couples Avoid the Pitfalls That Threaten a Second Marriage?
October Calendar of Events

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How Can Couples Avoid the Pitfalls That Threaten a second Marriage?  blending
by Terry Gaspard, MSW LICSW 

No one in their right mind would ever remarry if they believed the statistics about the failure rate of second marriages.  After all, the divorce rate in which at least one of the spouses has been married once before is between 60 and 67 percent compared to first marriages having a failure rate ranging from 40 to 50%.  Thankfully, I can be a little stubborn and decided to try to beat the odds - believing that as sobering as the statistics are - my background as a counselor/researcher specializing in divorce would help me and my partner to weather the storms of remarried life. 
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Kids First Program 

Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 

October 5 - Portland (207-761-2709)

October 5 - Augusta (207-859-1514) 

October 12 - Biddeford (207-761-2709)  

October 12 - Belfast (207-338-2200 x109)

October 12 - S. Paris (207-333-6425)  

October 19 - Portland (207-761-2709)  

October 19 - Waterville (207-859-1514) 

October 19 - Portland (207-761-2709) 


(similar program) October 5 - Rockland (207-596-0359)

(similar program) October 12 - Bangor (207-942-9329)

(similar program) October 19 - Ellsworth (207-942-9329)  


Kids First Program for Stepparents

Saturday, 8:30 -12:30 pm

October 12, 2013  


Separation, Divorce & Dads 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013  6:30 - 8:00 pm 

Guest Speaker:  Steve Young, LCSW, "What Kids Tell Therapists About Divorce" 


Getting From "No Way" to "OK": Divorce Professionals Share Their Secrets for  

Friday, October 25, 2013     8:00 - 3:30 pm 






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