Kids In The Middle empowers children, parents and families during and after divorce through counseling, education, and support. Kids In The Middle has but one focus – helping children and families affected by difficult family transitions. KITM’s services emphasize building on children’s strengths and providing support and opportunities to help them achieve goals and transition into adulthood in a productive, healthy manner.
In 1977, Kids In The Middle’s founder, a therapist in private practice, observed that many of her adult clients still suffered childhood emotional and psychological scars in direct relation to their parent’s divorce. She recognized the internal suffering children endure during such difficult transitions as well as their inability to name and voice conflicting emotions effectively. She determined that the trauma might have been alleviated if her adult clients would have had access to therapeutic interventions as children. Consequently, Kids In The Middle was formed as a non-profit agency in 1977 and was incorporated in 1979
The first services offered were Group Counseling and Individual Counseling for Children of divorce, who were experiencing feelings of anger, loneliness, guilt, depression, anxiety, and other behavior problems. Recognizing that working with parents to reduce conflict is a critical factor in helping children cope successfully with traumatic family transitions, our services have evolved into a family systems approach. New services were implemented, including consultations for parents, individual counseling for parents, family counseling, co-parenting counseling, blended family counseling, co-parenting counseling groups, and the parenting class.
We have a passion for children. We know that children of parental separation and divorce adjust much better when they can share their feelings with other children. We also know that children cope more effectively when their parents are involved. By working with parents, we help them settle themselves emotionally and learn how to help their children. Most importantly, we help parents reduce conflict, communicate, and co-parent to provide their kids with safe, loving homes. Parents need not have been married to utilize our services.
Our name exemplifies our specific focus on children. Every service provided, whether for children, parents, and families are done with a focus on the child. Our model and services have evolved over the years through research, partnerships, training, and enhanced learning; however, our core service remains the same – Group and Individual Counseling for Children.
Today, Kids In The Middle is the only non-profit agency in the greater St. Louis region with the unique specialization of working with children whose families are experiencing trauma due to parental separation, divorce, and remarriage. With 43 years of experience, Kids In The Middle is regarded as the experts in providing counseling, education, and support for difficult family transitions.
Kids In The Middle is the only non-profit agency in the greater St. Louis region specializing in this specific mental health field. Since 1977, our focus remains the same – children will be mentally healthy following their parents’ separation, divorce, or remarriage. In 2019, Kids In The Middle helped 3,607 children, parents, and families.