PORTLAND – Programs offered at the Kids First Center this season are announced.

Kids First Program: A four-hour workshop designed to help address problems and promote the reduction of the negative effects of divorce. Participants are encouraged to attend the program as early in the separation or divorce process as possible. Fee is $45 a person. Dates are as follows:

Portland: July 19, Aug. 2 and 16, Sept. 6 and 20; Topsham: July 12, Sept. 13; Farmington: July 12, Sept. 13. For more information call 778-6960.

The Kids First Program is also offered in the following area locations: Augusta-Waterville-Skowhegan, 626-3428; Lewiston, 783-3990; South Paris, 743-7716, extension 1710; Rumford, 364-3721, extension 1710.

Kids First for Women: The program will address issues specifically related to dealing effectively with physical, emotional and verbal abuse, financial exploitation, harassment and safety planning. The workshop is offered in July and October. Fee is $45 a person. Call for dates and times.

Kids First for Stepparents: It is a four-hour workshop designed to help people in stepfamilies understand the normal difficulties experienced by each person in the new family, including the children. Fee is $45 a person/$70 a couple. Program is next offered Aug. 9.

Next Step: It is a six-week program for separated, divorcing and divorced parents from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 11 through Oct. 16.

Separation and Divorce Support Groups for Children and Adolescents: Six week sessions: Group I, ages 6 to 8, Sept. 9 to Oct. 14; Group II, ages 9 to 11, Sept. 17 to Oct. 22; Group III, ages 12 to 14, Sept. 15 to Oct. 20; Group IV, ages 15 to 18, peer facilitator training. Call for details.

Separation, Divorce and Dads: Offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, with no meetings in July or August; $10 fee.

Separation, Divorce and Moms: noon on Mondays, July 7 to Aug. 11; bring a brown bag lunch; $60 fee.

Support for the Stepfamily: from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 29 to Nov. 3; $60 fee.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Families: Parenting through Separation, Transition and Divorce: from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 1 to Nov. 5; $60 fee.

Impact of Domestic Violence on Children: from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Free workshop.

Evening Workshop for Separated and Divorced Dads:
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. Free workshop.

Financial assistance and scholarships are available for all programs.

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