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(989) 463-1422

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In This Issue
Compliance Checks
Upcoming Events
Game Day Challenge
Scheduled Classes
Amazon Smile Foundation

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
Pam Mahin
Office Manager


Ty Warczinsky 
GCSAC Coordinator
 Richelle Davis 
Prevention Educator
Heather Gardner
 CAC Coordinator
Michelle Zombeck
 CASA Coordinator 
Brenda Shafley
Event/Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors 

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

 Kelly Piotrowski
Dept. of Human Services
 Wendy Currie
Mid Michigan Dist. Health Dept. 
Colleen Davis
Prosecuting Attorney's Office 
Carolyn Hilley
 Gratiot Co. Comm. Mental Health 

Rob DuHadway
DuHadway Dance Dimensions 
David Justin
 Alma School Board
Mike Morris
Detective, Gratiot Co. Sheriff's Dept. 
Jamie Richardson
Doehring Schultz Insurance Agency

Matt Schooley
City of Alma Transportation

Jennifer Siefker
Tri Lakes Petroleum
Jennifer Stambaugh
DeafBlind Central CMU
Joe Yourchock
Community Representative

Kim Vetter
MI State Police


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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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Gratiot Co. Sheriff

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it seems appropriate to take a moment to say how thankful Child Advocacy is for your support of our agency and our mission.  Without the partnerships, collaboration, businesses, and community support, Child Advocacy could not be what it is today!  


This month read how well Gratiot County businesses did with tobacco and alcohol compliance checks.  Also, learn more about Human Trafficking.  Being educated about such a crime, is the best way to protect your children.



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Tobacco and Alcohol
Compliance Checks

by Ty Warczinsky

GCSAC Coordinator


Over the past year, the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition along with the help of the St. Louis PD, Alma PD, Breckenridge PD and the Sheriff's Department sent minors into our local businesses to see if they were being compliant with the Alcohol and Tobacco laws.  We conducted 40 Tobacco compliance checks county wide, and out of those 40, 31 businesses did not sell to the minor.  We also conducted 15 Alcohol compliance checks, and 13 of the 15 businesses did not sell to the minor.  We are grateful and thankful for that the majority of businesses that were compliant with the law.


This past month, the Coalition partnered with a number of local businesses and ran a sticker shock campaign with our Above the Influence program. Sticker Shock is a campaign designed to reach adults who might purchase alcohol legally and provide it to minors. During the week of their homecomings, students from Ashley H.S., Alma H.S., Fulton H.S. and Ithaca H.S. went around to local business and put a sticker on any alcoholic product reminding the community that it is illegal for anyone to provide alcohol to a minor.  The Substance Abuse Coalition would like to thank: Alma's Dollar General, Ithaca's Dollar General, Alma's Beacon and Bridge, both of Ithaca's Beacon and Bridge stores, Boomer's Deli and Party Store in Alma, Ithaca's Sav-a-lot, Foote's Party Story in Ashley, Daggett's Grocery Store in Ashley, and The Store in Elm Hall for participating in this event. 



Upcoming Events
CASA Trivia Night
Saturday, November 22
6:00 p.m.
Alma Elks Lodge
Click here for event registration information or please contact Michelle Zombeck at (989) 463-1422.

Free Family Carnival & Expo 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Central Michigan Youth for Christ - Alma
Contact Child Advocacy at (989) 463-1422 with any questions.



Human Trafficking

By: Heather Gardner



I recently had the opportunity to present at our Annual Mother Daughter Conference on the important issue of Human Trafficking.  


Public knowledge of this horrible crime has been growing over recent years due to new legislation and awareness campaigns.  The state of Michigan has been at the national forefront in establishing Human Trafficking Laws and identifying victims.  Here are some interesting facts:

  • There are currently 27 million slaves worldwide and half of these victims are children.
  • Human Trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world generating $31 Billion dollars per year.  Drug Trafficking is the first largest crime generating $32 Billion dollars per year.
  • Anywhere there is a drug issue, you will also find Human Trafficking.
  • 1.6-2.8 million children run away each year.  The average age of a female runaway is 12-14 years old and a male runaway average age is 11-13 years old.  One third of these children will be recruited into prostitution and/or pornography within 48 hours of running away.
  • Detroit (including outlying suburbs) ranks 4th in the top cities for sexually exploited children.
  • In 2013 "Operation Cross Country" was conducted nationally.  Detroit ranked 1st    nationally in the most number of pimps arrested and 2nd second for most Trafficked Children recovered (second only to San Francisco).
  • The largest Trafficking event in the United States is The Super Bowl.

To learn more about Human Trafficking including warning signs and ways to respond to victims, please follow the following link:

Game Day Challenge

St. Mary School participated in the Game Day Challenge fundraiser.  They were able to raise $50 for the Children's Advocacy Center. Thank you St. Mary School!  Stay tuned until next month to find out the Game Day Challenge winner!

Scheduled Classes/Trainings 


Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group

Tuesday, November 11

6:00 p.m.

Youth for Christ - Alma 


ACT Parenting Class

for parents of Children 0 - 8 years old

Starts Tuesday, November 4 and meets on Tuesday's and Thursday's for three weeks.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Wilcox Non-Profit Center - Alma

Call Child Advocacy to register.


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

Did you know you can donate money to Child Advocacy when you purchase items from Amazon?  Click here when shopping and Amazon will donate .5% to Child Advocacy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter.  We appreciate the feedback we receive from you, the reader, and hope you will continue to send us your thoughts and suggestions.

This month we welcome new Board Members to Child Advocacy, Matt Schooley (City of Alma Transportation), and Jamie Richardson (Doehring Schultz Insurance Agency).  We look forward to working with both of you.  Welcome to the team!

We also said goodbye to long time board members, Toni Davis and Lori Apple.  Toni and Lori have each been on the board for more than four years.  We appreciate their time and dedication to Child Advocacy.   We also say goodbye to Donalynn Ingersoll, who joined our board last year after serving on the board of directors for CASA for many years.  A heartfelt thank you to all three ladies, from our staff, for making a difference in the lives of children.  

Audra Stahl
Executive Director