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

loving mother 


"Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it."


- Harold Hulbert - 



In This Issue
ATI - Opening Night
5K Event
Giving Wall
Meth Article
Starfest 2012
Alma Spring Fling & Kids Carnival
Scheduled Classes
Award Recipents
Summer Hours


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  

Brenda Shafley-
Office Assistant 
Pam Mahin -
RRC Coordinator
Lisa Cannon- 
GSAC Coordinator
 Richelle Davis -
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
Mt. Pleasant 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
Community Member
 Carolyn Studley
Retired Alma Public Schools

 Jennifer Leppien
CASA Volunteer 


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

Sharps Disposal

Now Available


Gratiot Community

Mental Health

608 Wright Ave.



Dispose of used syringes with needles.  Items must be in a leak-proof, puncture proof container.


For more information call (989) 463-4971


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May is filled with many community activities - Above the Influence opening night at Art Ventures, Starfest 2012 at CMU, Child Advocacy 5K Event, and the Alma Spring Fling & Kids Carnival.  Learn more about each event by reading our newsletter. 



Child Advocacy Staff


Check out our website www.linkforfamilies.org.





Friday, May 4 from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.


Art Ventures

107 E. Superior

Alma, MI 48801



Please join the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition in supporting students in Gratiot County who are choosing to stay Above the Influence.  The artwork is a visual expression of the students' personal influences. The artwork will be on display at ART VENTURES during the month of May beginning May 4th. Please visit the exhibit opening night, Friday May 4th 5-7pm.



The artwork will stay on exhibit at ART VENTURES from May 4th - May 31st.



Child Advocacy 5K Event
New Location - New Route for 2012

 can 5k

Saturday, May 5
Gratiot County Fairgrounds - Alma


5K Run/Walk - One mile Fun Run -
Toddler Trot


Registration is from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
One mile fun run and Toddler Trot start at 9:30 a.m.
5K Run/Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.


 Consider Making a Donation to the

Children's Advocacy Center of Gratiot County's "Giving Wall"!


Be a part of history, as Child Advocacy opens the doors to the Children's Advocacy Center of Gratiot County Summer of 2012.


* A Child and Family Friendly Facility * Forensic Interviewing Services * Victim Advocacy and Support

* Specialized Mental Health Services * Family Support

* Community Education and Outreach * Specialized Medical Evaluation and Treatment * Follow Up Services


The "Giving Wall" allows the community to make a meaningful tax deductible donation to this much needed Center in our community. Donors' names will be displayed on the "Giving Wall" inside the Children's Advocacy Center. By making a donation,every child who enters the center will see that you care about them and that you are a part of a community that does not tolerate child abuse and neglect.The children of Gratiot County deserve the best start in life.

Please consider donating today.


Donations may be sent to

Child Advocacy

525 N. State Street, Suite 4

 Alma, MI 48801. 


For further information, please contact Audra Stahl at (989) 463-1422.

METH... What's Cookin' in Your Neighborhood?


This will be the final article in the series on METH. The past two articles have discussed the effects on individuals and the risk to children. This article will give you information on how to identify a meth lab and some of the items used to produce the drug.


Items Used to Make Meth                                    


 Several BIC pens hollowed out or slit in half lengthwise

  • Cotton balls
  • Coffee filters
  • Aluminum foil
  • Soda and/or mustard bottles cut in half
  • Syringes
  • Sudafed or other over the counter medicines containing ephedrine
  • Starting fluid
  • Ethyl ether
  • Lithium strips taken from batteries
  • Heet product (used to pour into vehicle gas tanks)
  • Oven cleaner
  • Hot plates
  • Glass cookware or frying pans
  • Rubber tubing
  • Usually large amounts of camping stove fuel, paint thinner, acetone, Drano, Red Devil lye

 Signs of a Meth Dumpsite

  • Stained coffee filters
  • Strong ammonia-like odor
  • Bottles with tubes
  • Freon cans
  • Allergy and/or cold medicine boxes
  • Cans of lye
  • Drano
  • Salt
  • Foil
  • Ketchup, mustard and or/soda bottles 

A Meth Lab Can........ operate unnoticed in any neighborhood for years, causing a serious health hazard for you and your family. It can appear anywhere... Without notice... And you might never know about it - until it's too late. Cooking meth produces large amounts of highly toxic waste - which gets dumped in your back yards, back alleys and back roads. Poisonous gases from a lab can contaminate the homes or places they're cooked in - and cause you serious harm.   Report any suspected labs or suspicious looking liquids to local law enforcement. Together we can fight back. If you would like more information on this topic visit www.drugfree.org/meth or you can contact Lisa Cannon, Coordinator of the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition at 989-462-0142 or lisa@linkforfamilies.org.





Come and join us to

celebrate young children




May 16, 2012

CMU Child Development Learning Lab

160 Wightman Hall Mt. Pleasant


9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. Children's Parade


Lunch Provided


For more information click here.


Alma Spring Fling & Kids Carnival
May 4 - 6
Downtown Alma
Friday, May 4 - Kids Carnival 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Saturday, May 5 - Kids Carnival 10 - 10:00 p.m.
  Spring Fling Golf Outing at Pine River Co. Club
  12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  Spring Fling Bourbon Tasting at Bravehearts Pub
  5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Kentucky Derby - 6:00 p.m.
  Farmer's Market - 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 - Kids Carnival 11 a.m. - 6:00p.m.
Proceeds from the events will help the Alma Action Association.  Call (989) 463-8336 or (989) 463-4921 if you have any questions about this event.

Scheduled Classes


Daycare Provider Trainings -

Wednesday, May 9 

Books for Young Children:  What is High Quality?

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wilcox Non-Profit Building - Alma

Cost $25


Great Start to Quality Orientation - Aids/Relatives 

Monday, May 21 

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma

525 N. State Street

No Cost


Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group

Tuesday, May 8 and 22 

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Youth for Christ - Alma

No Cost


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


 Mike Minarik

* Child Advocate of the Year



(Court Appointed Special Advocate)

*Child Advocate Organization of the Year

Summer Hours
Starting June 1, 2012
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Wow! It's hard to believe we are preparing for summer already.  Please note our summer hours, as our office will be closed on Fridays throughout the summer.
We had a wonderful month in April here at Child Advocacy.  We celebrated Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention month, Month of the Young Child, and Alcohol Awareness Month.  Our annual banquet was a success with around 90 people in attendance. 
Our 3rd annual Alma High School Charity Basketball Game brought in around $1700 in fundraising money.  A big thank you to the Donald L. Pavlik Middle School Student Council for putting on the event, and a big thank you to all who participated and attended the event.  We are looking forward to our 5K event this weekend. 
See you all there!
Audra Stahl
Executive Director