525 N. State Street  Suite 4 Alma, MI 48801 
(989) 463-1422
Winter Children 


"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." 
-Angela Schwindt


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About Us 


 Child Advocacy is a non-profit agency with a mission to improve the welfare of children and their families through education, training, and support for the prevention of substance abuse and child abuse and neglect.

 Our Staff

Ronda Sorensen -
 Parent Educator

Pam Mahin -
Training Coordinator and Office Manager

Brenda Shafley-
Office Assistant 

Glenn Thelen -
GCSAC Coordinator
Patti Bunting-
Prevention Educator

Audra Stahl -
Executive Director
Board of Directors 

President -
Kent Schulze
Dept. of Human Services

Vice President -
Wes Wickes 
Youth for Christ

Treasurer -
Madonna Adkins
EightCAP inc.

Secretary -
 Kim Vetter
MI State Police
Ithaca Post

Lori Apple
Comm. Mental Health - Isabella Co.

Kristin Bakker
Prosecuting Attorney's Office
 Wendy Currie
Mid Michigan Dist. Health Dept.

Toni Davis
Women's Aid Service
Rob DuHadway
DuHadway Dance Dimensions

 Mike Hetzman
 Comm. Mental Health - Gratiot Co.
 Mary Hunt
Retired-EightCAP inc.

David Justin
 Alma School Board

Dan Buschle
Commercial Bank
 Jennifer Leppien
CASA Volunteer

F/LT Chris Stolicker
MI State Police 
 Mt. Pleasant Post
 Carolyn Studley
Alma Middle School
Car Seat Safety


Did you know that at Child Advocacy we can install and provide a safety inspection for your child safety seat?  Child Advocacy has a nationally certified safety seat technician available!
To make an appointment call
 or 800-552-4489
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Free Parenting Class!
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Planned Events


January 29 - Family Expo


April 8 - Alma High School Alumini Basketball Fundraiser


May 7 - 5k Run/Walk, 1 Mile Fun Run, and Toddler Trot


Great Start to Quality Orientation Training for Aide and Relative Providers

There is not an orientation scheduled in Gratiot or Isabella county for the month of January.

If you need to attend an orientation in January, Clare, Eaton and Ingham counties will be holding orientations. 

Call today to Register!
(989) 463-1422 or log on to

Free Parenting Class!


Class is for parents of children 0-6 years of age.


This 6 session class is 3 weeks in length beginning January 25th

from 6:00pm-8:00pm.


Classes will be held at Child Advocacy located at the Wilcox Non-Profit Center.


Call today to register 989-463-1422.



A class for parents of adolescent children

 will be available in February.


More information will be

available soon.



Happy New Year!


Child Advocacy has many exciting events planned for 2011.  Keep checking our newsletters for updates on classes, programs, events, and more!  We would like to encourage you to attend the Gratiot County Family Expo on Janaury 29. (See below for details)


We look forward to working with you in 2011!
Gratiot County
Substance Abuse Coalition

Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition is now on Facebook!  Stay current on all GCSAC news by becoming a fan.  Find us by searching or clicking on our quick links.  Search: Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition and/or Parents Who Host - Gratiot.


The next GCSAC meeting will be held Monday, January 10th at 1:00 pm at the Gratiot-Isabella RESD in Ithaca.  Please feel free to join us.


Family Expo 

Saturday, January 29

10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Youth for Christ Student Center

2550 W. Cheesman, Alma


- Free vision and Health screenings 

-Local Businesses and Organizations on hand with information for families

-Kids make their own first aid kit

-Inflatables, Facepainting, Games and Prizes

- Free Refreshments


All Families in Gratiot Co. are invited!!


Call (989) 463-1422 if you have any questions.

Winter Safety Tips for Children

Playing Outside

The cold temperatures and biting winds are the most obvious hazards when children play in the snow. Children who are not prepared for winter climates can suffer frostbite, hypothermia and severe chills that can lead to illness, poor judgment and even permanent injury.

  • Dress in multiple layers to play outside, including extra layers for legs, feet and hands.
  • Always wear hats and gloves when playing outdoors in cold weather.
  • Limit the amount of time spent playing outdoors to safe intervals, and bring children inside periodically to warm up.
  • Remove all wet clothing immediately and change to dry clothes if going back outdoors.
  • Wear sunscreen on all exposed skin to guard against burns from bright sunlight and snow glare.
  • Do not permit children to play outdoors in poor weather such as snowstorms, extreme cold or high winds.
  • Wear brightly colored outer clothing that is easily seen from a distance.
  • Do not dress children in winter wear with drawstrings - they can cut off circulation and make frostbite a greater threat, and loose drawstrings may present a strangulation hazard.
  • Teach children to avoid playing near snowplow areas.
  • Do not permit children to dig snow tunnels or forts that may collapse and bury them.
  • Avoid snowball fights that can lead to injuries from dangerous projectiles.
  • Keep roofs, gutters and awnings free from snow and icicle buildup that could collapse and injure a child. Similarly, do not permit children to pull icicles from the roof.
  • Teach children never to touch or lick exposed metal (fences, flagpoles, etc.) in winter.
  • Do not allow children to eat snow. It may contain pollutants, dirt, fecal matter or other contaminants, and the cold snow can chill a young child's body to dangerous levels.
  • Regularly de-ice or sand sidewalks, driveways, patios and other areas where children may play. 
Regional Resource Center  -Lending Library!


Puzzles and Books and Toys...Oh My!!

Have you ever just simply run out of ideas for things to do with the children in your care? At times, it can be challenging to keep activities fresh and exciting. The Lending Library is a free educational resource designed for child care providers and is located at Child Advocacy. The Central Regional Resource Center has created Lending Library opportunities for you to utilize.


Children can enjoy the variety of materials provided in the theme based totes. These items include books, puzzles, manipulative toys, puppets, educational CDs and videos. A trip to the beach can be as simple as opening up the theme based tote and turning your circle time into a new adventure. A favorite story book can be stretched to an inter-active experience. Story stretchers can serve as an extension to the theme based tote.

 girl playing

You are cordially invited to utilize your Lending Library by contacting Child Advocacy at (989) 463-1422 or (800) 552-4489.

A look back at Child Advocacy 2010 -


January 2010 brought a move to the Wilcox Non-Profit Center.  A wonderful opportunity to collaborate with other Gratiot County agencies all under one roof. April brought our first annual AHS Alumni Basketball game, a breathtaking pinwheel garden outside the Wilcox building, and Suzanne Cline was awarded the Child Advocate of the Year.  In May we held our third annual 5K fundraiser with 160 participants who turned out for an awesome event, and after a quiet summer Child Advocacy became the fidiciuary of the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition.  With the addition of new board members, new committee members, and three new employees we are so excited to see what 2011 will bring to Child Advocacy. 

From all of our staff , Happy New Year!


Audra Stahl
Executive Director