Albart ‘Champion of Kids’ recipient

Steve Albart was the recipient of the “Champion of Kids” Award for 2013. This award was established in 1998 to honor special

Steve Albart

people who have enriched the lives of children in the community.

Albart, born and raised in the Silex area and a graduate of Troy Buchanan High School, joined the Board of Directors of Kids In the Middle (KITM) in August, 2000. During his eight-year tenure, he served in many capacities which included serving as treasurer and vice-president and chairing the board’s strategic Planning and Finance committees. His term on the board ended in 2008, yet, instead of moving on and away, his commitment to the agency, its mission and the children served, prompted him to join the Kids in the Middle Advisory Council which he then chaired until turning over the reins in 2012.

No stranger to fundraising, Albart, as a board member, raised thousands of dollars for counseling services for children ‘in the middle’ of their parents’ divorce. Along with his wife, Anne, he is also a former chair of the Gala, the agency’s biggest fundraising event.

He was raised with his brothers, David and John and they are the sons of Ron and Joyce Albart.

Albart received a B.S. in personal financial planning from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a Masters degree in public policy administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his MBA from Webster University. He is a long-time employee of Enterprise Bank where he has worked for 15 years. When not volunteering for KITM, he enjoys running and playing racquetball at the Missouri Athletic Club West. He and his wife live in Brentwood.

Kids In The Middle opened its doors in 1977, providing group counseling for children whose parents were separated, divorced or remarried. Since that time, services have expanded to include the whole family, especially parents. The agency has an unparalleled base of knowledge and relevant experience offering the most comprehensive, expert counseling for separated or divorced families. In addition to the counseling services provided through the St. Louis County office, Kids In The Middle helps children and families in schools through the School Outreach Counseling Program.

Kids In The Middle helps families effectively transition to a new healthy way of life before, during and after separation and divorce or remarriage. Parents need not have been married to utilize Kids In The Middle’s services.

Families come to Kids In The Middle not only during the divorce process; they find counseling, education and support helpful even after many years have passed.

Kids In The Middle has a passion for children and understands that children of divorce adjust much better when they are able to share their feelings with other children. Through group counseling with other children their age, kids learn they are not alone; others are going through the same thing and they teach each other positive coping skills.

Parents learn how to help their children through the difficult changes in the family. We help parents settle themselves emotionally so they can “be there” for their kids. Most importantly, we help parents communicate so they can reduce conflict and provide their kids with safe, loving homes.

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:33 am