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

"Kids are like a mirror, 
what they see and hear they do.
Be a good reflection for them."

- Antonio Brown -
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!


 "Mrs. Davis you taught me a lot about protecting myself. Now I know how to say NO, get away, and tell someone.  Thank you so much!"


From a Protect Yourself Student


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Happy Fourth of July - celebrate freedom!


Have you ever heard of Palcohol?  Please take a moment to learn more about this new emerging drug.  Parents and adults need to be educated on this product.  



Child Advocacy Staff


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Upcoming Events

Back to School Event
Wednesday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
St. Louis Church of Christ - 1075 W. Monroe Road (M-46)

On Wednesday, August 19, the following will be available:
* Local agencies will be present to provide information on      the services they provide.
* Greater Lansing food truck will be distributing free              commodities until 2:00 p.m. 
* Free back packs 
* Free school supplies 
* Free hair cuts
* Free vision testing.

Starting August 1, clothing donations may be dropped off at the St. Louis Church of Christ.  If you are interested in having an agency booth, please contact Stacie Smith at the Salvation Army - (989) 289-8090 or
Welcome Quinn!

Michelle Zombeck, our CASA Coordinator, delivered her second child on May 28.  Welcome to the world Miss Quinn Anne Zombeck.  Congratulations to Michelle, Jacob and big brother Zander!
Powdered Alcohol?
Submitted by Ty Warczinsky
Written by Ashlee Coffey
GCSAC Coordinator

If you find yourself scratching your head in disbelief, you're not alone. I, too, thought it was some sort of joke.


If this is the first time you are hearing about the product known as Palcohol, or powdered alcohol, take note.

Some of the first thoughts that went through my mind when I heard of Palcohol was how easy it would be for teenagers to sneak it into school or other events and mix it with any drink. Also, it's a powder and can be snorted, which leads to getting drunk much faster.  All of this spells disaster to me.

The bad news is that Palcohol has won approval from the federal government, allowing it to be sold in stores to customers who are of legal drinking age. 


The good news: Nebraska lawmakers are working to ban powdered alcohol before it reaches store shelves. Six states have banned the product and 39 are considering regulations.

Chris Wagner of Project Extra Mile, an Omaha non-profit that works to prevent underage drinking, weighed in on Palcohol. 


Here are seven things you need to know:

What exactly is Palcohol? It's essentially alcohol molecules encased in larger sugar molecules - or, alcohol in powdered form.  Who created it? A guy named Mark Phillips who wanted a lightweight, easy-to-carry alcohol option on-the-go.  What is the alcohol content when consumed? Adding six ounces of liquid to a package of Palcohol is equal to one standard mixed drink, according to

How can Palcohol be ingested? The product can be mixed with any liquid to create an alcoholic drink, or added to any food.


"As a parent myself, some things that come to mind - some of which were actually suggested on the Palcohol website - include juice boxes, sports drinks, soft drinks, lemonade and ice cream, but the possibilities are limitless," Wagner said. "Similar to alcopops, jello shots and alcoholic energy drinks, powdered alcohol will appeal to youth due to the variety of fruity flavors and colorful names."

So far, four flavors have been approved, including Cosmopolitan, Margarita (called Powderita), vodka and rum. A Lemon Drop flavor is said to be in line for approval soon, Wagner said.


How is Palcohol packaged? Palcohol comes in foil packaging, similar to juice pouches for kids. This makes the product easy to access, conceal and consume, Wagner said.

Where will Palcohol be available? It likely will be sold anywhere alcohol can be sold. It will also be available abroad and online, according to Palcohol.comWhen will Palcohol be available? According to the product's website, they hope to have it available this summer. "We know that kids are risk-prone thrill-seekers who are drawn to new and exciting things. Kids will undoubtedly add it to other alcoholic drinks, and are therefore unlikely to know the true amount of alcohol they are consuming," Wagner said. "They could also add it to popular, caffeinated energy drinks, which would mask the body's response to too much alcohol."

Thank You!

Thank you to the Gratiot Community Foundation for funding our Protect Yourself workbooks for the upcoming school year.  Over 800 children will benefit from this donation!

National Children's Alliance Leadership Conference

By: Heather Gardner

CAC Coordinator



In June Audra and I attended the National Children's Alliance Leadership Conference in Washington DC.  This was a fantastic conference that brought together Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) leaders from across the nation.  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to network with other CAC's and put faces with the names we see daily.   


There were a large number of different workshop presentations including; funding approaches, innovative programs, mental health, medical, prevention and advocacy.  We also visited the capital building and had scheduled Hill Day visits.  We met with Congressman John Moolenaar and his Legislative Assistant and also Legislative Aides for Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters.  This provided us a wonderful opportunity to share with them the amazing work CAC's are doing on local, state and national levels and to thank them for their continued support of the special work we do in our communities.


Scheduled Classes


Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group

Tuesday, July 14

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

Youth for Christ - Alma 


Nurturing Parenting Program 

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

Starts Monday, August 24

The class will meet on the following Monday and Thursday's:

August 24, 27, 31, September 3, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28  
A light dinner is served at 5:00 p.m.
Class - 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
United Methodist Church - St. Louis


Please call our office at (989) 463-1422 to register for a class.
Summer Hours
Starting the week of June 8

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

Closed Friday
Happy Independence Day!

I hope you are having a safe and happy summer!  As a staff we are gearing up for our Fall programs, events, and fundraisers.  Keep your eye on our newsletter each month to see what's happening!

Enjoy your summer!!
Audra Stahl
Executive Director