Allies come in all shapes and sizes, and you are all a necessary part of the Kids First supportive community. Helping ensure that kids whose parents live apart are not caught up in conflict and are growing up happy, healthy and well-adjusted is an important role. Friends, families, teachers, attorneys, social workers, clergy, childcare providers, counselors, etc. all contribute to the well-being of children. Kids First supports the community of allies by providing educational opportunities, including our annual professional conference and periodic workshops designed to help you in your support role.
Whether you are a seasoned professional or a student just starting your professional journey, the First Step is available to you also and is indispensable to being an ally and having a well-informed practice. The First Step is open to all who want to grow and learn how to best guide clients who find themselves embroiled in parental conflict. The Kids First Center offers audit opportunities for professionals.
If you'd like to learn more about our programs or to apply for financial assistance, please email us at email@example.com, 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.
“ I cannot speak highly enough about the Kids First Program. It is an extraordinary resource to parents and children in Maine, and has provided real and practical guidance for parents experiencing the difficulties inherent in divorce. The expanded programs are now providing this wonderful resource to other parents who find themselves in challenging circumstances. The children of Maine are truly blessed by the presence of this resource.”
- Former Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley, Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse: Contemporary Challenges for Family Court
Date: December 9 & 10, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor: 2021 Kids First Center Professional Conference
This year’s professional multi-disciplinary conference will again be a virtual event with sessions spanning over two afternoons.
Speaker(s): To Be Announced
“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.”