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




"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. 

One is roots.  The other is wings." ~ Hodding Carter, Jr.

In This Issue
5K Event Race Results
Summer Safety Tips for Children
Summer Office Hours
Scheduled Classes


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
Audra Stahl -
Executive Director

Ronda Sorensen -
 Parent Educator

Pam Mahin -
Training Coordinator and Office Manager

Brenda Shafley-
Office Assistant 

Glenn Thelen -
GCSAC Coordinator
 Kris Olejniczak -
Prevention Educator 

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

Community Cafe

The Cafe provides a safe place for food, fellowship, inspiration, and encour-agement for people experiencing hard times.


What: free weekly meal


When: Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


Where: First Presbyterian Church - Alma


Who: Everyone is welcome.  Kid's Kafe at 4:15 p.m. has special activities for children (usually every other week)


For more information, please call the church office at (989) 463-2940.

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Summer is finally here !


We are offering several child care provider classes this month.  Check out the list in the scheduled classes section.


We are excited to announce a new parenting class scheduled each month on the first and third Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Alma.    A variety of topics are covered.  See "Scheduled Class" section for more information on all of our classes and trainings offered.



Staff at Child Advocacy

5K Event Race Results

  2011 toddler trot

Thank you to everyone who participated in or helped with the 5K Event.  The event was a great success.


Kids Fun Run Results

Overall Male - Andrew Shafley

Overall Female - Gracie Lloyd


5K Walk Results

Overall Female - Shelly Huber

15 to 19 - Justice Kjolhede

20 to 29 - Melissa Caudell

30 to 39 - Kelly Kjolhede

40 to 49 - Pam Gross

> 50  - Jeanne Wiser


Overall Male - Rick Huber

20 to 29 - Anthony Sassin

30 to 39 - Gerry Leonard


5K Run Results

Overall Female - Alex Wesley 

< 14 - Mackenzie Seeley

15 to 19 - Kaylee Moreno

20 to 29 - Amber Bullard

30 to 39 - Jennifer Tomanek

40 to 49 - Roxanne Morey

> 50 Molly Minnick


Overall Male - Matt Chovanec

< 14 Brett Stebelton

15 to 19 Charlie Morey

20 to 29 Tyler Vandemark

30 to 39 Matt Gager

40 to 49 Andy Shafley

> 50 Brian Bender


Congratulations to all the winners!


 5k 2011





Summer Safety Tips for Children
Summer is a time for fun and frolic but at the same time it is essential that children remain protected.  Here are some important summer safety tips for your children:
Playing in the sun
     Babies under 6 months - Avoiding sun exposure and dressing infants in lightweight clothes with hats are the best to prevent sunburn.  However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, a minimal amount of sunscreen can be applied to areas such as the infant's face and the back of the hands.
    Young Children - Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside.  The Sun Protection Factor should be at least 15.
    Older Children - The first and the best line of defense against the sun is covering up.  Wearing a hat, sunglasses and light cotton clothing is helpful.  Stay in the shade whenever possible, and avoid sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or greater.
Take care while exercising
     The intensity of activities that last for 15 minutes or more should be reduced whenever high heat and humidity reach critical levels.  Before prolonged physical activity, the child should be well hydrated.  During the activity, periodic fluid intake should be enforced.  Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat.
Safety while swimming
    -  Never leave children alone in or near the pool
    - Avoid using inflatable swimming aids.  They are not a substitute for approval life vests and can give children a false sense of security.
    - Children are not developmentally ready for swimming lessons until they are four years old.
    - Swim programs for children under 4 should not be seen as a way to decrease the risk of drowning.
    - Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within an arm's length, providing supervision.
Playing it safe in the playground
    - Carefully maintain all equipment.
    - Swings should be made of soft materials such as rubber, plastic or canvas.
    - make sure children cannot reach any moving parts that might pinch or trap any body parts.
    - Make sure metal slides are cool to prevent children's legs from getting burned.  Parents should never purchase a home trampoline or allow children to use home trampolines.
Bicycle Safety
    - Do not push your child to ride a 2-wheeled bike until he or she is ready, at about age 5 or 6.  Consider the child's coordination and desire to learn to ride.  Take your child with you when you shop for the bicycle, so that he or she can try it out.
    - Buy a bicycle that is the right size, not one that your child has to grow into.  Oversized bicycles are especially dangerous.  Your child needs to wear a helmet every time he uses the bicycle, no matter how short or how close to home.  Many accidents happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets.  A helmet protects your child from serious injury, and should always be worn.

Summer Office Hours 

 effective June 17


Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed Friday

Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition



Parents Who Host, Lose the Most - Over 215 kids made a Drug Free pledge and over 180 parents made a commitment not to provide alcohol to youth. 


Congratulations to our pledge drawing winners.  Jack Stalely of Breckenridge and Ithaca students Bethany Kelly and Kristy Godley.


I am excited about all of the opportunities for parent/child dialogue which were created as a result of the campaign.


Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program ExpandsThe City of Alma, Family Fare Pharmacy, the City of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Pharmacy are working in conjunction with the Great Lakes Clean Water Organization and are sponsoring a "Yellow Jug Old Drugs" program for area residents. 


The program offers you the opportunity to dispose of unused/unwanted/expired drugs in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.  For years, we were told to flush unwanted drugs down drains, but research has shown this to pose a great danger to our water supply and wildlife.  Disposal of narcotics is NOT a part of the program.


Scheduled Classes


Parenting Classes 

New! Parenting Classes for parents of children from

0 - 6 years old.  Classes are offered the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Classes are from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Wilcox Non-Profit Building located at 525 N. State Street, Alma. 


Topics to be covered for the month of June are as follows:

   June 1 - Stress Management

   June 15 - An Introduction to 1-2-3 Magic


Childcare Provider Training - 

Recognizing & Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect class to be held at the EHS Building at CMU.  The class will be held on Thursday, June 2 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Creating Positive Environments for Infants & Toddlers class to be held at the Alma Public Library on Thursday, June 2 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Peer to Peer - "Dangerous Look a Likes" class will be held at the Middle of the Mitten Learning Center in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Bullying: Superman to the Rescue!!! class to be held at the Alma Public Library on Wednesday, June 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


I'm Bored!  Enhancing Outdoor Play class to be held at the Veteran's Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant on Monday, June 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Great Start to Quality Orientation will be held on June 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Maple Creek Golf Course in Shepherd.  Please bring a photo I.D. and a sack lunch.


There will be a Great Start to Quality Orientation in Gratiot County in the month of July. 


All classes are FREE.  

Please call our office at (989) 463-1422 to register or to get more information.

Mom and Son
This is my favorite picture from the 5K event!!  Allison and her son, Nicholas, after he ran the Toddler Trot.  Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored, and volunteered at our 4th annual 5K event. I am so proud to be a part of community who puts a strong value on children and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
I would also like to take this time to thank Chris Stolicker from the MI State Police for his years of service on our Board of Directors.  You will be missed Chris.  Thank you!
Audra Stahl
Executive Director