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  • Kids In The Middle (KITM) is proud to announce a successful 12th Annual Swirl, Sip & Savor Tasting Event. With a record turnout, the funds raised will provide more than 1,700 Group Counseling sessions for children and families who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

     

    The annual fundraising event gathered more than 20 food and beverage vendors who offered delicious tastes of signature dishes, wines, craft beer, cocktails and coffees to more than 300 guests, a record number in attendance.

     

    “Thanks to the generosity of this year’s supporters, volunteers, and food & beverage vendors, the event was a huge success, said KITM CEO, Meredith Friedman. “Swirl, Sip & Savor continues to grow year-after-year with the help of our Young Professionals Committee who work hard to coordinate this awesome event.”

     

    Guests enjoyed tastes of savory and sweet dishes from area restaurants paired with wine, local craft beers and cocktails from St. Louis distilleries. This year’s event involved a judging panel of local celebrities including Michael Girsch, General Manager of St. Louis Cardinals, Donny Fandango, On-Air Personality for 105.7 The Point, Guy Favazza, On-Air Personality for KSHE 95, Bobby Plager, Hall of Fame NHL Player and former St. Louis Blues hockey player, and Alexis Zotos, Reporter for KMOV, that tasted and voted on their favorite dishes. Blk Mkt Eats received the award for “Best Savory Dish” for their sushi nachos and Maggiano’s won “Best Sweet Dish” for their chocolate zuccotto bites. The “People’s Choice” award went to Poke Doke for their Poke Bowls.

     

    “Events like Swirl, Sip & Savor help our agency raise the much-needed funds to continue to provide counseling services to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it,” continues Friedman. “

     

    About Kids In The Middle

    Kids In The Middle (KITM) helps children and families transition to a new way of life before, during and after separation and divorce, for the sake of creating healthier futures for all involved. Founded in 1977, KITM is a nationally accredited non-profit agency that provides comprehensive and confidential counseling, education and support services focused on the entire family.  KITM is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and receives funds from the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund. KITM is located at 2650 S. Hanley Rd. in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, visit www.kidsinthemiddle.org.

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  • We’re edging closer to Halloween and while kids are just looking for treats, the trick for divorced parents can be how to celebrate holidays

    Meredith Freeman, CEO of Kids in the Middle, joined Margie Ellisor of STL Moms to talk about some ways to not make the evening so haunting.

    Watch the interview here!

  • Kids In The Middle (KITM), a non-profit organization that empowers children, parents and families during and after divorce through counseling, education and support, is pleased to announce they have received a grant of $2,268 from Cardinals Care. The support will allow Kids In The Middle to purchase a sand tray therapy table, sand tray therapy supplies and art supplies for therapeutic activities. Read Full Press Release

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    KITM was the featured non-profit for the Tips for Charity program for January 2018. The funds raised will provide a group counseling session for more than 132 children whose parents are separated, divorced or remarried. Tapped St. Louis’ Tips for Charity program donates any tips offered at check-out to a local charity. The restaurant pays their employees a living wage so that they do not depend on a tipping system.

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  • KITM helps children, parents and families thrive during and after divorce through counseling, education and support. Click here to watch the video.

  • KITM helps children, parents and families thrive during and after divorce through counseling, education and support. Click here to watch the video.

  • I brought my older son years ago when his father and I separated. He was 4 or 5 at the time. My son is now 17, and setting forth into life as a responsible and amazing young adult.

    KITM was the place where he had the security to begin exploring the complex emotions any child faces while his family is changing shape. It’s where he learned how to name those emotions, sort them, and choose how to behave in the face of them. Now that he is 17, I can see the incredible investment we made in his well-being, together. I will be grateful to KITM always.

  • The following article appeared in an edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It is reprinted here with permission from the newspaper and reporter, Susan Weich. 

    Smith’s daughter didn’t want anyone at her school to know her parents had divorced, so an art class project to make a Christmas ornament for her parents presented a problem. How would she decide whether to give the ornament to her mom or her dad?

    “As a parent I worried about these really big things — are my kids going to turn to drugs or start failing in school because of the divorce — but I found out that kids have to deal with a lot of little things that I never imagined,” Smith said.

    Smiths’ daughter shared her problem at a group counseling session of Kids In The Middle, a nonprofit organization started in 1977 that provides support for children and families when parents separate or divorce. “Luckily, she was able to talk with the other kids in the group about how they would handle it,” she said. When her daughter told Smith, she met with teachers and asked them if they could discreetly give her and her younger brother the OK to make two of whatever gifts they made for parents. “There’s not always an easy solution, but now I am more aware of things that could be an issue,” she said.

  • I started going to Kids In The Middle after my mom & dad separated. I was very sad and depressed. And for some reason, I don’t know why, I just started pulling my eyelashes and my eyebrows out. My mom was very upset, but I didn’t want to talk with her. I thought she might get mad at me. So that’s when I went to Kids In The Middle. At first, I was really nervous, and I thought I might get embarrassed about what was going on or if people looked at me. And I was scared because I didn’t know what to expect there. But when I met my therapist, she was really nice and I wasn’t scared anymore. All the therapists were really nice and I liked talking with them. That’s what really helped me the most – just being able to talk to someone else, and I knew they wouldn’t tell anybody what I said, or they wouldn’t judge me.

    I really liked talking with the other kids in the group and hearing what they had to say, because I knew the other kids were going through the same thing as me. And I wanted to see how they handled things. It made me feel not so alone, and it made me feel more normal. The group kind of made me forget about the separation, and sometimes we would even talk about other things that were bothering us, too. The group helped me grow and cope better.

    The therapists taught me how to deal with my feelings and how to handle situations. My therapist gave me a list of how to cope with your worries and your stress. On the list there were healthy ways to cope, and there were unhealthy ways.