CA with tag line 

 525 N. State Street  Suite 4 Alma, MI 48801 
(989) 463-1422
"If we continually try to force a child 
to do what he is afraid to do, 
he will become more timid, 
and will use his brains and energy, 
not to explore the unknown,
but to find ways to avoid 
the pressures we put on him. 
If, however, we are careful 
not to push a child beyond the limit 
                 of his courage, 
      he is almost sure to get braver."

                    - John Holt -
In This Issue
Tobacco Free
Happiest Baby on the Block
A Meaningful Summer Craft
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

Permanent Prescription Drop Off



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.



"Richelle is FANTASTIC!  She knows how to talk to a class and how to make it age appropriate - NEVER a behavior issue.  The presenter is everything!  We have a couple different programs that come into classrooms and the main difference between quality and not is the ability of the presenter.  Richelle is GREAT!

from a Third Grade Teacher regarding our  Protect Yourself Program 

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Happy Independence Day -  Salute a Veteran!


This month we offer many daycare provider/parent training opportunities.  Our scheduled classes section lists the dates and times of all the classes. 


New this month is our Testimonial section.  This section is located on the left-hand column.  We thought it might be fun to showcase the great work our staff is doing out in the community. 



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Tobacco Free

By Ty Warczinsky

GCSAC Coordinator



The dangers of cigarettes and tobacco loom in our world today. These substances can entice our youth, but the consequences and health effects of consuming them are life altering.  However, TV, tobacco companies and celebrities often communicate a different message to our youth.  


This contradiction is why I am pleased to announce that on May 27th, the Alma City Commission passed a resolution prohibiting smoking near and around play structures in our Alma City Parks.   This new resolution will not only go a long way in creating a safer environment for our youth and families, but it will also show our youth that tobacco is not the way. The Health Department has generously donated all of the signage for the city parks.  Eric Huff, the Alma High School Athletic Director, and Susan Smoker have significantly helped advocate for the smoke free parks.  Although a small victory in our pursuit of a healthier Gratiot, it is a substantial one.

 Happiest Baby on the Block
by Ronda Sorensen
Parent Educator 

     Is your baby keeping you up nights, are you walking the floor while trying to get that fussy little one to sleep?  Dr. Harvey Karp's five step approach might be just what you need to soothe your baby into a good night's sleep.  Dr Karp's program "Happiest Baby on the Block", is designed to help parent's with colicky, fussy infants, particularly during the first three month's of a child's life.   Classes are available at Child Advocacy to teach you the way to teach your baby how to cue into his own calming reflexes.  Trainers are available at Child Advocacy who are certified in training Dr. Karp's system.

If your child is crying more than three hours a night and more than three or four days a week, there is a good chance that  this class will help you.   To set up a private class or become part of one already scheduled, contact Child Advocacy at 463-1422.


A Meaningful Summer Craft

by Heather Gardner 

 CAC Coordinator


The Children's Advocacy Center of Gratiot County has a beautiful painted rock garden right outside the CAC's front door.  Some of the children we have worked with in our programs have painted small rocks that are displayed in our garden.  


We would love to add many more rocks to our collection!  If you are in need of a great summer craft project to work on with kids, think about adding to our rock collection.  Every time a child and their family come to the CAC, the first thing that greets them is our beautiful bright colored rocks.  These rocks are also the last thing they see as they leave the CAC.  Most of the children like to stop and look at all the rocks and talk about them with their family. 


Please contact us if you would like to help bring some more color to the CAC and the lives of the children and families we serve. Every rock creates a smile and makes a difference! Happy painting!

Scheduled Classes


Childcare Provider Trainings

(parents are welcome to attend)


Infant & Child CPR, Adult CPR

Saturday, July 12

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Veteran's Memorial Library - Mt. Pleasant

Visit to register

Cost $25.00


First Aid

Saturday, July 12

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Veteran's Memorial Library - Mt. Pleasant

Visit to register

Cost $30.00


Science Happens Everywhere!

Thursday, July 17

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Veteran's Memorial Library Annex - Mt. Pleasant

2 Training Credits

Cost $25.00

Visit to register


Infant & Child CPR, Adult CPR

Saturday, July 19

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma

Visit to register

Cost $25.00


First Aid

Saturday, July 19

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma

Visit to register

Cost $30.00


Outdoor Playscapes & The Natural Learning Environment

Tuesday, July 22

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Hybrid Class)

Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma

Visit to register

3 Training Credits

Cost $30.00


Curriculum Extravaganza - Adding Science, Math, Language & Art into Daily Learning

Wednesday, July 30

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Hybrid Class)

Veteran's Memorial Library Annex - Mt. Pleasant

Visit to register

3 Training Credits

Cost $30.00


Self Assessment Survey (SAS) Workshops

Isabella County 
July 15 and 29
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Veteran's Memorial Library - Mt. Pleasant
2 hours of training credit per workshop - No charge
Visit  to register or call our office
Gratiot County
July 9 and July 21
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma
2 hours of training credit per workshop - No charge
Visit to register or call our office


Great Start to Quality Orientation 


Monday, July 7

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

Gratiot-Isabella RESD - Shepherd

$10 prepaid fee required

Visit to register.


Other Trainings


The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

Wednesday, July 23

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma

To register, call Child Advocacy at (989) 463-1422.


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
Stop by and see us!  Check out our Lending Library and our growing number of books, DVD's, and resources on many topics including; potty training, bullying, parenting, foster parenting, and much, much more.  We have fun theme based totes, story stretchers, games, and activities for all ages and stages of childhood.  Summer is a great time to stop by and see what we have to offer. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our July newsletter!  We hope you are enjoying the summer.  We wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day!

Audra Stahl
Executive Director