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


 "Children need models

more than they need critics."

- Joseph Joubert -

In This Issue
Senate Bill 1082
Lending Library
Giving Wall
Summer Reading Programs
Welcome Brittany Buschle
ATI Art Work
Scheduled Classes
Plaid Duathlon
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

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School is almost out which means summer is officially here! 


Are you looking for activities to entertain and stimulate children?  Consider a reading program at your local library or checking out our theme based educational totes from our Lending Library.  More information on these programs are included in this newsletter.



Child Advocacy Staff


Check out our website www.linkforfamilies.org.


Senate Bill 1082 - Synthetic Drugs


The Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition and the Gratiot County Collaborative strive to address the needs of individuals within our communities. One of the areas we are working on is the synthetic drug issue. Last month, we formed a synthetic drug workgroup to look at how we are going to get a handle on this issue. Senator Dave Hildenbrand is also working very hard on getting legislation passed to ban these substances.


As you are reading this article there is proposed legislation in the Senate to ban synthetic cannibinoids. Once the bill passes the Senate, the House of Representatives would also need to pass it. If the bill is passed in both houses it will take effect 90 days after it is signed into law. The bill would amend the Public Health Code to prohibit and prescribe a criminal penalty for selling a named product that currently or previously contained a Schedule 1 controlled substance, without disclosing that it no longer contains the scheduled ingredient or while representing that it currently contains the scheduled ingredient or a similar ingredient. The bill also would revise the listing of synthetic cannabinoids in Schedule 1. Basically, what this bill will do is make it illegal for businesses to sell any type of synthetic drugs.


One way you can help us address this issue is send your local Senator and Representative a letter or an email asking them to support SB 1082. If you live in Gratiot County your senator is Dr. Roger Kahn and your representative is Paul Opsommer. If you would like to be a part of the workgroup formed in Gratiot County, please contact Lisa Cannon, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, at 989-462-0142 or lisa@linkforfamilies.org. As a parent, it is our responsibility to keep our children safe......


Addresses for Senator Kahn & Representative Opsommer


Senator Roger Kahn           Representative Paul Opsommer

P.O. 30036                                 P.O. Box 30014

Lansing, Mi 48909                       Lansing, MI 48909

senrkahn@senate.michigan.gov     paulopsommer@house.michigan.gov


Lending Library 
Do you need something new to do with your children this summer?  Come check out our lending library and see all the materials that are available for you to use free of charge.
We have "Story Stretchers" that include a book and an activity sheet, with activities included to stretch the story over several days,  theme based totes that include books, puzzles, music, manipulatives, puppets, a tent, a ball, a tunnel, dramatic play items, etc.  Many of these items can be used inside as well as outside. 
These items are available to be checked out for 2 weeks at a time and can be checked out by parents, grandparents, child care providers or anyone who is caring for young children.  For more information call Child Advocacy at (989) 463-1422 or visit us at 525 N. State Street, Suite 4, Alma.



 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.

Summer Reading Programs at Local Libraries


Our local libraries have some great reading programs organized for the summer.  Click on the links below for more information.


Alma Public Library


Thompson Home Library - Ithaca


Chippewa River District Library Veterans Memorial Library, Faith Johnston Memorial Library, Coe Township Library, Fremont Township Library, Rolland Township Library

Welcome Brittany Buschle


Brittany Buschle is our summer intern.  She is a senior at Central Michigan University.  Her major is Family Studies with a minor in Sociology. 


Brittany is a 2007 Alma High School graduate.  She is excited to work at Child Advocacy and is ready to start helping in any way possible.

ATIAbove the Influence
Art Work
If you missed seeing the artwork at ArtVentures during May, you can view it at the Gratiot-Isabella RESD in Ithaca during the month of June. 
Please take time to visit the exhibit to see how students in Gratiot County are choosing to live Above the Influence. 

Scheduled Classes


Daycare Provider Trainings -


Monday, June 11

Stress Relief: Calgon Take me Away!

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

Veteran's Memorial Library - Mt. Pleasant

Cost $25


Wednesday, June 20

Exploring Math and Science in Early Childhood

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

Veteran's Memorial Library - Mt. Pleasant

Cost $25


Great Start to Quality Orientation - Aids/Relatives 

Wednesday, June 13

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

Winding Brook - Shepherd

8240 S. Genuine Road

No Cost


Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group

Tuesday, June 12 and 26 

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

Youth for Christ - Alma

No Cost

No childcare available during the summer.


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

Save the Date

 Plaid Duathlon

5K run (3.1 miles)

 12K bike (7.46 miles)


Saturday, October 27, 2012


Start and finish at Alma College


 Plaid Duathlon

Summer Hours
Starting June 1, 2012
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
What a great school year!  The "Protect Yourself" program was taught to 784 Gratiot County 1st and 3rd graders in 34 classrooms in 8 schools.  A series of safety lessons that teaches children to how to recognize and respond to abduction and abusive situations our Gratiot County students learned how to Say "NO", Get Away, and Tell Someone! 
The MiPHY, Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth, was administered in all 6 of our Gratiot County schools.  The data gathered from this survey will allow the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition and local schools to identify the needs of our teens and provide appropriate programs. 
We also kicked off the "Above the Influence" program in 5 local high schools and 1 middle school.  The program teaches teens to rise above the negative influences in their lives.  Gratiot County Teens created amazing art work and videos showing us what they have chosen to rise above.
We are so proud of all the students we had the privilege of working with this year!  We truly have amazing schools in Gratiot County.  We look forward to picking up where we left off in the Fall.
Have a great Summer!
Audra Stahl
Executive Director