In our programs for parents, Kids First explores the evolving definition of what it means to be a family. We serve families who share a child or children but do not live together with their child’s other parent. Kids First supports the notion that love is love, and encourages the building of families in a multitude of ways. The focus of our programming is on safe and healthy co-parenting whenever possible, and keeping conflict away from the kids. Kids First offers a series of classes that provide practical information and emotional support to parents, regardless of their marital status.
If you'd like to learn more about our programs or to apply for financial assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 207-761-2709. Need-based scholarships for Maine residents are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Maine Judicial Branch. The Kids First Center's goal is to make its programming affordable for all parents, children, and allies regardless of financial hardship.
Give children a neutral place where they can freely express their feelings about the separation or divorce of their parents and better understand the changes in their families.
Equip parents with the skills they need to work together to raise healthy and well-adjusted children through the transition of separation and divorce, and beyond.
Provide resources, continuing education, and collaboration opportunities for professionals who work with separating families.
Awareness of impact of parental conflict grows (1980s)
The need for a coordinated response is identified (1988)
Resources for Divorced Families (RFDF) formed (1989)
Junior League and RFDF partner to form a non-profit (1996)
Kids First Center formed as 501(3)(c) corporation (1998)
Kids First Center opens an office in Portland (1998)
Center adds a dedicated classroom (2006)
Center moves to Scarborough as mission grows (2019)
All programming goes virtual (2020)
Outreach extends to all of Maine (2021)
RFDF develops four-hour co-parenting program (1989)
Next Step and children’s groups added to First Step program (1998)
ICOPE added to serve parents in high conflict (2003)
What Kids Want Parents to Know About Separation & Divorce published (2008)
Across program review and update commences (2019)
Shelley Cohen Conrad and Michael Asen lead group of visionaries (1998)
Margaret “Peg” Libby becomes first Executive Director (1998)
Creation of Kids First Advisory Council (2011)
Peg Libby retires after 18 years of service (2016)
Nicolle Carbone named new Executive Director (2016)
Timothy Robbins appointed Executive Director (2019)
Family Law Achievement Award (1999 and 2010)
NASW Agency of the Year Award (1999)
Community Impact Merit Award (2000)
Beach to Beacon charity recipient (2001)
AFCC Exemplary Program Award (2004)
Special Projects Manager
Kathryn Seelen, Intern/MSW student, School of Social Work, University of Southern Maine
Katelyn Leroux, Intern/MSW student, School of Social Work, University of Southern Maine
“I learned how important our behavior (verbal and non-verbal) is, and how it impacts our children. How I can rise above all issues, and just focus on my babies.”
“What I learned was that the best thing I can do for my kids is to say something good about their other parent!”
“I appreciated the focus on how many different relationships my/our kids are dealing with.”
“I learned I am in control of my behavior; I can’t control my co-parent!”
“I received validation; it helped to know that I’m not alone. I appreciated the section on preparing for court – that is coming up soon and I am scared.”