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

"Treat a child
as though he already
 is the person he's
 capable of becoming."

Haim Ginott
In This Issue

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


Steve Benn
MI State Police

Colleen Davis
Prosecuting Attorney's Office 
Rob DuHadway
DuHadway Dance Dimensions

    Carolyn Hilley
 Gratiot Co. Comm. Mental Health

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

Andrea Tabor 
Mid MI District Health Dept
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 Drug Drop Off



Gratiot Co. Sheriff

226 E. Center


open 24 hrs./day

7 days/week


Alma Police Dept.

525 E. Superior St.


8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Monday - Friday


St. Louis Police Dept.

108 W. Saginaw St.


Mon. 7 - 3 

Tues. - Fri. 8 - 4 

The sites accept

prescription pills, liquids, and patches.

Your Feedback!


Ladies, THANK YOU for ALL of your time and effort in planning the Princess and Pirate fundraiser--your attention to detail was amazing! I thought it was very well-attended and I heard only positive comments.



Jen Shephard 

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Happy Spring!


This month is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month!  We have many events and classes offered to commemorate the month.  We are offering parenting classes for parents of children 0 - 8 years old and 5 - 11 years old.  Please take a moment to review our scheduled classes section. 


Donald L. Pavlick Middle School will be hosting the Alumni Charity Basketball game on Friday, April 10 (see Upcoming Events).  Your support of this event helps fund our child abuse and neglect programs.  We hope to see you there!



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Upcoming Events

Charity Basketball Game
Alma High School Alumni vs. Ithaca High School Alumni

Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Alma High School Gymnasium

Join us for a night of fun!  Local celebrity players!
Alumni Pom-Pon Routine! DuHadway Dance Dimensions Performance! Half-time entertainment! Children's games!

Tickets $5 available at the door
T-shirts $10 

Proceeds to benefit Child Abuse and Neglect programs
of Gratiot County.  

Child Advocacy Superhero 5K

Please mark your calendar for the 8th annual 5K race!
Superhero costumes are encouraged but are not required.

Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m.
Alma Armory, 710 N. State St.
Preregistration ends May 3.

Online registration is now available at 

Registration forms are available at

Child Advocacy Banquet
Join us as we celebrate those who advocate and care for children and for those who strive to improve the welfare of children and their families!
Thursday, May 14
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Central Michigan Youth for Christ - Alma
$12 Lunch Buffet

Please call the Child Advocacy office at (989) 463-1422 to purchase tickets in advance.

Is your Child Riding Safely?

Pam Mahin

Child Safety Seat Technician 


When was the last time you adjusted the harness straps on your child's car seat?  Is your child complaining their seat is too small or is hurting them?  Remember if your child is rear-facing, the harness straps need to be at or below the child's shoulders and if forward-facing, the straps need to be at or just above the child's shoulders.  All child safety seats have a height and weight minimum and maximum.  If your child is over the height and/or weight limits for their current seat, you should replace it as soon as possible.


Remember the recommended age to turn a child forward-facing is 2 years old or when they reach the height and/or weight limit of the seat.  The child would then be forward facing in a 5-point harness until the forward-facing limits are reached.  If the child is under 4 feet 9 inches in height when they have outgrown the 5-point harness, they would then need to be in a booster seat until they have reached this height.


If you have a question or need help fitting the child in the seat or the seat in your vehicle, please give our office a call and we can help.  For more information about the use of child safety seats, please click here.



Child Abuse 

Prevention Month

Michelle Zombeck

CASA Coordinator



Join CASA of Gratiot County's commitment to helping victims of child abuse and neglect heal, and making sure all children feel safe and loved


Not everyone can be a CASA volunteer, but everyone can be an advocate by taking steps to make our community safer for our children: 

  • Be mindful of the signs of abuse and neglect in children, such as a lack of adult supervision, extreme passivity or aggression or poor hygiene. 
  • Be aware of warning signs in parents, such as showing indifference or rarely touching or looking at their child, constant verbal criticism, demands for perfection, blaming the child for family problems or other irrational behaviors. 
  • If you think a child is in immediate danger, don't hesitate. Call 911. 
  • If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, report your suspicions confidentially to our state's toll-free child abuse hotline at 1 (855) 444-3911. 

Working together, we can end abuse and neglect so that every child has a chance to thrive.


During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we invite our community to learn more about the work we do and consider becoming a CASA volunteer.  Please call Child Advocacy at (989) 463-1422 to receive more information or to attend an informational session. 


*Information shared from the National CASA website

Scheduled Classes


Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group

Tuesday, April 14

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

Youth for Christ - Alma


ACT Parenting Class

for parents of Children 0 - 8 years old

Starts Tuesday, April 7 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. 


Nurturing Parenting Program

for parents and their school-age children (5 to 11 years)

Starts Thursday, April 16 and meets on Thursday's for 10 weeks

5:00 p.m. - Light meal served

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

United Methodist Church - St. Louis

Call Child Advocacy to register.


Please call our office with questions about any of the above classes/workshops at (989) 463-1422.
We hope to see you this SPRING!!  Please consider joining us for one or ALL of our fantastic family events that are listed above.  We promise you will not be disappointed. 

A special thank you to Trooper Kim Vetter from the MI State Police for putting in more than five years of service as a member of our Board of Directors.  We wish Kim the best! 
With that being said, we would like to welcome Detective/Sgt. Steve Benn from the MI State Police to our Board of Directors. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter!

Audra Stahl
Executive Director