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  • ST. LOUIS (Feb. 5, 2020) – Kids In The Middle (KITM) has been awarded $15,000 from the Sunnen Foundation. The grant provides funding for Group and Individual Counseling for Children ages 3 ½ to 18 whose families are experiencing trauma due to parental separation, divorce, remarriage, and other family transitions. Read the full release HERE.

  • ST. LOUIS (Feb. 3, 2020) Kids In The Middle (KITM), a local non-profit agency, has been an approved provider to provide the state-mandated Co-Parenting Education Class (COPE) for the Family Court of St. Charles County and its residents. KITM will begin facilitating classes on February 8, 2020, at their facility in Maplewood, MO. Read the full press release HERE.

  • The Kids In The Middle Board of Directors removed the interim title and announced Katy Walter as its permanent leader. Walter was appointed as interim CEO in July 2019.

    “I’m excited to announce Ms. Walter as the agency’s CEO. She has served the agency for over eight years and brings an exceptional combination of knowledge and experience,” says Bill Clarke, President of KITM Board of Directors. “As our interim CEO for the past four months, Katy has been remarkable in her leadership position, making it an extremely easy decision for the Board.

    Click here to read the full press release.

  • ST. LOUIS (November 26, 2019) – Kids In The Middle (KITM), a non-profit agency, is proud to announce a successful 13th Annual Swirl, Sip & Savor Tasting Event. With over 400 guests in attendance at the Grand Hall on Chouteau, the funds raised will help to provide over 1,900 Group Counseling sessions for children ages 3 ½ to 18 whose families are transitioning to a new way of life before, during and after separation, divorce and remarriage.

    The annual tasting event included 16 local restaurants, 20 wines, six St. Louis craft breweries, and two distilleries. Guests also enjoyed live music from local favorite, Vintage Vibe. In addition to a record turnout of guests, this event included more than 70 volunteers.

    “This was our thirteenth tasting event, and every year we’re not only accomplishing our fundraising goals but continue to increase participation with both guests and St. Louis restaurants, breweries, and distilleries,” says Katy Walter, KITM CEO. “Our Young Professionals Committee does an amazing job executing this event, and we are very grateful for their hard work.”

    For the second year, this event involved a panel of tasting judges of local celebrities, including Donny Fandango, On-Air Personality – 105.7 The Point, Dave Glover, and Rachel Zimmermann On-Air Personalities, The Dave Glover Show – FM Talk 97.1, and retired St. Louis Blues player, Bobby Plager. Each judge tasted and voted on their favorite dishes. Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa won ‘Best Sweet Dish’ for their Boston cream cupcakes, Bogarts Smokehouse received the award for ‘Best Savory Dish” for their pulled pork, and Charred Crust won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for their vanilla ice cream braised pork belly sandwich.

     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

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  • Kids In The Middle Director of Development, Sarah Contarini, joined FOX 2 to discuss how you can help raise much-needed funds to provide counseling services for children and families “in the middle” of separation and divorce. Watch the video HERE!


  • 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

  • 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.