FROM THE HEART:  
NEWS FROM KIDS FIRST   |   March 2016

Greetings Friends & Supporters,
  

March is right around the corner, which means spring is on it's way! Lots of good programs starting up this month, including our 6-week after-school Support Groups for Kids  and our 4-week Next Step Program - Putting Conflict Aside.  Space is still available in both. Please check the schedule below for dates and times.
 
You know what else spring means around here - the Kids First GALA! This year's event promises a great Portland location and lots of new items for auction, as well as a few that are back by popular demand!  

Please plan to join us at the Westin Portland Harborview on Thursday, May 19th, to see what's in store!

And until then, stay warm if you can!
 
Sincerely,

Peg Libby
Executive Director

IN THIS ISSUE
A Day in the Life: Separation & Divorce Support Groups for Kids
CALENDAR: MARCH 2016


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A Day in the Life:  Separation & Divorce 
Support Groups for Kids
by Mary M. Swann and Amy Reynolds

Many of you have expressed curiosity about what exactly goes on in the after school support groups we run here at the Kids First Center.  Parents frequently share with us how much their children looked forward to coming each week (after their initial reticence, which is common), and kids tell us how much we've helped them "get things out."  Read on to hear a first-hand account of this group experience from one of our wonderful group facilitators, Amy Reynolds. (Amy works at Day One as an Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor and also with Cumberland County Crisis Response.  Her parents divorced when she was a young adult).


What does the first session (week 1) of your 6-week kids group look like?
Many of the kids report being nervous and not wanting to come to the group. They often are very quiet and eager to learn what the group is going to be like. They warm up rather quickly when they can relate to a few of their peers and participate in some ice breakers. Usually by the end of the class they are much more outgoing and future planning for the next session.

FEBRUARY 2016  |  CALENDAR OF EVENTS

March 5 - Portland (207-761-2709) Saturday
March 5 - Augusta (207-859-1514) Saturday
March 9 - South Paris (207-333-6425) Saturday
March 12 - Topsham (207-761-2709) Saturday
March 12 - Farmington (207-761-2709) Saturday 
March 12 - Belfast (207-338-2200 x109) Saturday
March 12 - Lewiston (207-783-3990) Saturday
March 17 - Portland  (207-761-2709) Thursday  
March 19 - Waterville (207-859-1514) Saturday

Similar Programs:  
March 5 - Rockland (207-596-0359) Saturday
March 12 - Bangor (207-942- 8200) Saturday
March 19 - Bangor (207-942- 8200) Saturday
March 19 - Newcastle (207-596-0359) Saturday
 
Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
March 1, 2016

Begins March 7 - Portland (207-761-2709) Saturday


FREE EVENING WORKSHOP:
(For parents & professionals) 
Presenter: Bette J. Freedson, LCSW, LICSW, CGP 
Thursday, March 24, 2016  7:00 - 8:30 pm


COMING SOON!  The Kids First GALA
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Westin Portland Harborview 



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