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

"Every father should remember 
that one day his children will follow
 his example instead of his advice."

- Anonymous -
In This Issue
Responsible Choices
Common Lures Used by Predators
Superhero 5K - Results
Sexual Abuse Support Group
We Need YOU!!
Thank You
Scheduled Classes
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  


Pam Mahin
RRC Coordinator


Ty Warczinsky 
GCSAC Coordinator
 Richelle Davis 
Prevention Educator
Heather Gardner
 CAC Coordinator
Michelle Zombeck
 CASA Coordinator 
Brenda Shafley
Office Assistant 

Board of Directors 

Wes Wickes
Youth for Christ
Vice President 
Jennifer Leppien
Carolyn Studley
  Community Representative

 Kelly Piotrowski
Dept. of Human Services

Lori Apple
Comm. Mental Health - Isabella Co.
 Wendy Currie
Mid Michigan Dist. Health Dept. 
Colleen Davis
Prosecuting Attorney's Office 
Toni Davis
Women's Aid Service
Carolyn Hilley
 Gratiot Co. Comm. Mental Health 

Rob DuHadway
DuHadway Dance Dimensions

Donalynn Ingersoll
Principal, Luce Rd. Elementary  
David Justin
 Alma School Board
Mike Morris
Detective, Gratiot Co. Sheriff's Dept. 
Jennifer Siefker
Tri Lakes Petroleum
Jennifer Stambaugh
DeafBlind Central CMU
Kim Vetter
MI State Police
Joe Yourchock
Community Representative


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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Alma Police Dept.

525 E. Superior St.

Mon. - Fri. 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Gratiot Co. Sheriff

226 E. Center


open 24 hrs./day

7 days/week


Both sites accept

prescription pills, liquids, and patches.


Lung Clinic

Lung cancer is the leading cause of deaths from cancer for both men and women. Tobacco use causes 87 percent of all deaths from lung cancer. Mid-Michigan Cancer Center is offering smoking cessation education.

If you are interested in learning more about the Lung Clinic, a free telephone screening is available by calling
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Happy Father's Day to all the amazing fathers!


With school concluding this month, please take a moment to read the article about Common Lures Used by Predators.  


The 5K race results and other articles about the remarkable work our agency is working on is included in this month's newsletter.



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Responsible Choices

By Ty Warczinsky

GCSAC Coordinator



Over the past month, Prosecutor Kushion, Judge McDonald, Sheriff Wright and I have been presenting to juniors and seniors in our community about responsible choices.   We have spoken to teens about the choices that lay before them and how these choices have real life consequences.  


The purpose of this presentation was not to do the thinking for our teens...spoon feeding them the appropriate choice.  The goal of this presentation was to speak honestly about the effects that choices can have on the outcome of one's life; we aimed to present the facts and let the teens think for themselves, since that is the only way positive long-term effects can arise.  


The response we have received from area schools' staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive. To give one example, Judge McDonald and I were at a banquet one night when a student approached us to tell us how much our presentation made him think about the decisions he had been making and in fact, rethink some of those decisions.  In our opinion, if we helped that one student make better choices for his life, even if that was the only student we reached, then it was well worth our time.

Common Lures Used by Predators

By: Richelle Davis

Prevention Educator


Predators often use different types of scenarios to lure children into trusting them and coming with them.  In Protect Yourself, we teach children about some common lures a stranger may use on them.


One common lure is the lost dog.  Children usually love animals and are willing to eager to help them find their owner.  The predator slowly pulls the child farther and farther away from where they should be.


Another scenario is a stranger needing help, such as carrying their bags to their car.


 Make sure that your child understands that refusing to help a stranger is not rude.  Teach your child that an adult should not be asking them for help with these things.  If they need help, they should ask another adult.


In April, I spoke of the emergency lure, where a child is told there has been an emergency and their mom had to go to the hospital and they will take the child there to see her.  In an emergency, children feel anxious and confused and can be lured into the stranger's car.


Knowing the child's name can also be used as a lure.  We discuss this scenario often in the Protect Yourself program and the students are always thrown off when the stranger knows their name.  They associate that with some type of familiarity and trust. 


Child safety begins with awareness of common predator lures and lines used by child abductors to kidnap new victims. Discuss them with even young children, and repeat the message often.


Protect kids from child molesters, predators, and abductors with these basic child safety tips. Have specific, frequent conversations about stranger danger and make sure kids know how to respond to common lures used by child predators.

Child Advocacy 

Superhero 5K Results


A BIG thank you to everyone who participated or volunteered at the 5K Superhero Event!  We are elated by the participation level and by the support we received for this event. Please mark your calendar for next year's Superhero race - Saturday, May 9, 2015!


Kids Fun Run Results

Overall Female - Ezgi Kurt (7:27)

Overall Male - Cole OBoyle (6:23)


5K Walk Results

Overall Female - Jane Reinsmith (40:11)

14 and under - Julia Cena (43:45)

30 to 39 - Jennifer Bywater (43:41)

40 to 49 - Kerry Cena (43:45)

50 and up - Kay Davis (44:56)


Overall Male - Joey Krick (36:39)

20 to 29 - Todd Cashen (38:22)

30 to 39 - Oluremi Abayomi (51:36)

50 and up - Marvin Davis (44:31)


5K Run Results

Overall Female - Laura Kelly (20:53)

14 and under - Elizabeth Gotaas (21:34)

15 to 19 - McKennah Rupke (26:17)

20 to 29 - Tasha Gregg (21:15)

30 to 39 - Carrie Heiss - (22:55)

40 to 49 - Tracy Beadlescomb (25:00)

50 and up - Kim Sweet (28:52)


Overall Male - James OBoyle (18:24)

14 and under - Case Martin (23:44)

20 to 29 - Zack Roth (22:25)

30 to 39 - Ryan Pellerito (22:36)

40 to 49 - Andy Shafley (20:59)

50 and up - Tim Lambrecht (18:45)


Click here to view the full results.


Congratulations to all the winners!! 

Sexual Abuse 

Support Group

By: Heather Gardner


The Children's Advocacy Center of Gratiot County recently began a support group for parents and caregivers of children who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse.  When a child discloses abuse at the CAC the caregivers are offered the opportunity to join the support group.  Participants have benefited in many different ways from attending this group.  We look forward to being able to offer more support groups in the future to the families and children we work with.  

We need YOU!

Submitted by Michelle Zombeck

CASA Coordinator



Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Gratiot County is searching for volunteers!  


A CASA volunteer is a trained community volunteer appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of an abused, neglected or abandoned child involved in juvenile court proceedings. Bringing urgency to a child's needs both in and out of a courtroom, CASA volunteers advocate for safety, permanence and well-being for children through independent recommendations.


In Gratiot County we have a growing list of children in need of a volunteer advocate to ensure that they have a voice and that their needs are being met.  Please consider volunteering your time to give a child in need hope.


Contact Child Advocacy for more information at

(989) 463-1422.

Thank You 

by Pam Mahin

RRC Coordinator



A big thank you to the 26 providers/programs in Gratiot and Isabella County who have submitted their Self-Assessment Survey. Among these 26 progams, 22 were centers and 4 were family or group providers. In addition, another 28 programs have opened their Self-Assessment Survey for the first time and began working on it.


If you are interested in working on your SAS, but just don't know where to start, Child Advocacy is having several free 2 hour workshops. These are for small groups of providers (maximum of 5) where each provider will work on their own SAS on a computer while we help explain the standards and indicators, as they can be confusing. We want providers to score on what they are doing in their program, but are finding that they don't always understand what the indicators mean. You can register for these Self-Assessment Survey workshops under the Educator and Provider Training tab at

Scheduled Classes


Childcare Provider Trainings

(parents are welcome to attend)


Self Assessment Survey Quality Connections plusCulture & Inclusive Practices
Saturday, June 7 

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma

No Charge

5 training credits

Must be working on Self Assessment Survey and be ready to submit survey by June 20 to attend.

Visit to register.


Great Start to Quality Orientation 


Wednesday, June 11

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma

$10 prepaid fee required

Visit to register.


Self Assessment Survey (SAS) Workshops

Isabella County 
June 17 and June 23
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Veteran's Memorial Library - Mt. Pleasant
2 hours of training credit per workshop - No charge

Gratiot County
June 18 and June 25
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Alma Public Library 
2 hours of training credit per workshop - No charge


Please call our office with questions about any of the above classes/workshops at (989) 463-1422.

Summer Hours
Starting the week of June 16

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

Closed Friday

Summer is finally here!  Hooray!

Thank you to all of you who supported our programs, events, and classes throughout this past school year.  We continue to do great work here at Child Advocacy, and it is all thanks to the collaborative partners, volunteers, supporters, and community members that help us with everything we do. 

I would like to give a special thank you to the amazing staff at Child Advocacy.  I am impressed each and every day by the work all of you do to better the lives of children and their families in this community. 

Keep us in mind this summer we will be open and providing resources, referrals, and education.  Our Lending Library will be open for your use Monday through Thursday.  Come check out an educational theme based tote, story stretcher, or activity.

Have a happy and safe summer!
Audra Stahl
Executive Director