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

"Blessed are those who can give
without remembering, and 
take without forgetting.
"

~ Princess Elizabeth ~


In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Success!
Game Day Challenge Winner
Adolescent Sex Offenders
Holiday Stress
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 

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

Secretary 
 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
 

Car

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
 989-463-1422
 or 800-552-4489

Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off

Site

 

Gratiot Co. Sheriff

226 E. Center

Ithaca

open 24 hrs./day

7 days/week

 

The site accepts

prescription pills, liquids, and patches.

 

Your Feedback!

"Had a great time tonight.  The MC's were awesome, the food lasted the evening, and the auctions and cards were awesome.  Hopefully a lot of money was raised."

From a Child Advocacy Board Member who attended CASA Trivia Night

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Merry Christmas!

 

December can be a stressful time.  This month we share an article about avoiding stress during the holiday season.  

 

Please remember the Amazon Smile Foundation program while you are doing your holiday shopping.

 

Enjoy,

Child Advocacy Staff

 

Check out our website www.linkforfamilies.org.

Upcoming Events
 
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.

 

Success!

By: Michelle Zombeck

CASA Coordinator

 


 


 

The 2nd Annual Trivia Night for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Gratiot County was a huge success! We would like to thank the many sponsors, donors, volunteers and participants for helping to ensure our event was a success. A special thank you to Bobby St. Charles and Angie Evans our master and mistress of ceremonies.  We appreciated the enthusiasm from the Alma Elks Club in hosting Trivia Night.

 

At Trivia Night, we kicked off our 2014 raffle and will be selling tickets until December 15th when we will draw the winner at noon. Tickets are $10 and first prize is a 55" Vizio Smart TV and second prize is a $50 Walmart gift card. Stop by, give us a call or email and we will get you tickets.

 

CASA is looking for people to speak up and speak out! Are you interested in making a difference for children who are involved in abuse and neglect cases by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Learn more about Court Appointed Special by calling Child Advocacy at 989-463-1422 or email michelle@linkforfamilies.org to sign up for the next informational meeting.

Game Day Challenge Winner Thank you to Commercial Bank for raising money for the Children's Advocacy Center.

Adolescent Sex Offenders 

are Rarely Strangers

By Richelle Davis

Prevention Educator

 

The Protect Yourself Program is up and running in full swing in schools throughout the county. While teaching the lesson on good touch/bad touch, I notice that most of the children believe that a probable offender will be a stranger walking down the aisle at the grocery store that may reach out and grab them and try to touch them inappropriately. In reality, this is not the case at all.

 

Statistics show that 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well. Hence, the motto "Stranger Danger" is a little misleading. In Protect Yourself we discuss the fact that NO ONE has the right to touch their personal private parts without a good reason. This includes moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins...etc. Just because you know someone does not give them that right. In reality, abusers can be neighbors, friends and family members. People who sexually abuse children can be found in families, schools, churches, recreation centers, youth sports leagues, and any other place children gather. Significantly, abusers can be and often are other children.

 

Talk to your children and be sure they understand that these parts of their bodies are off limits to everyone without a good reason. Be sure they know if anyone ever does do this to them, they should tell you right away.

 

Statistics from www.victimsofcrime.org

How to avoid child anxiety and holiday stress during the busy holiday season
By Pam Mahin
Office Manager

The holidays are a fun and joyous time, but also a very busy one, and holiday stress and anxiety in children is a common occurrence. During the holidays, there are lots of fun activities and events going on, both at home and at school. And while that can be a good thing, the reality is that all that hustle and bustle means schedules are often out of whack, bedtimes get pushed back, and routines are disrupted. As a result, it's inevitable that kids may feel some degree of holiday stress.

 

How Parents Can Help

Set a calm example. The most important way parents can help ease anxiety in children during the holidays is by trying to keep things relaxed as much as possible. 

Set up conditions for good behavior. Avoid taking your child to places such as the mall or holiday gatherings when he is hungry or tired.

 

Remember the importance of routines. The holidays can throw a big wrench into household routines, and that can play a role in anxiety in children.

Watch what she's eating.  Between all the extra sugary holiday snacks and the lack of time to sit down to regular meals, it can be all too easy for kids to eat less healthy foods.

Get your child moving. Fresh air and exercise are essential for boosting mood and re-setting the spirit, which can alleviate holiday stress and anxiety in children.

 

Avoid overscheduling. As tempting as it may be to accept every invitation from friends and family, try to limit your holiday parties and activities so that you and your child are not overwhelmed.

 

Schedule some quiet time.  Find a quiet corner and read a book with your child or create holiday pictures for grandma and grandpa. Take a walk outside in nature, away from noise and crowds and obligations.

 

Taken from www.childparenting.com

Scheduled Classes

 

Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group

Tuesday, December 9

6:00 p.m.

Holiday Party

Youth for Christ - Alma
 
Please R.S.V.P. with Pam at (989) 463-1422.


 

Nurturing Parenting Class 

(for parents and their 5-11 year old children)

starts Thursday, January 8 for 10 consecutive weeks

5:00 p.m. Light meal served

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. class

United Methodist Church - St. Louis

To register, please call our office.

 

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 Holidays!
We have so much to be thankful for here at Child Advocacy!  We are truly blessed with a great staff, the best Board of Directors, volunteers, and supporters; as well as fantastic collaborations and community partnerships.  2014 was a great year at Child Advocacy and we hope you will help us change more lives in 2015!

We are kicking off December with our 3rd annual Shop with a Hero event.   We give thanks to our sponsors Wal-Mart, Meijer, First Presbyterian Church of Alma, Optimist Club of Gratiot County, and the Gratiot County Community Foundation.  70 heroes, 40 volunteers, and 7 Child Advocacy employees will help 62 children from Gratiot County schools shop for Christmas gifts for their families at our local Meijer and Wal-Mart stores this Saturday.

Please "like" us on Facebook and stay up to date with our holiday hours.  During the holidays are offices will be closed from time to time, so our staff can give back to the community.  We participate in Toys for Tots distribution and Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army.  We will also have limited hours during the Christmas Break.  When in doubt, call ahead before venturing out 989-463-1422.

We know the holidays can be a difficult time, so please don't hesitate to reach out to our staff if you need something.  We wish you a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season!

Sincerely,
Audra Stahl
Executive Director