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

"Parents are teachers,
 guides, leaders, protectors
 and providers
for their children."

- Iyanla Vanzant - 

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

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Your Feedback!
Audra, Heather, Ty, Pam, Brenda, and Michelle,
It was so nice meeting all of you.  Your work for the children of Gratiot County is invaluable.  I was close to tears a few times as I heard about the services you offer and the compassion you show.  You all, as a team, are wonderfully gifted and prepared to be the advocate these precious children need.  Please know I applaud your work.
Please do not tire or grow weary of the great work you are doing. Thank you again for the introduction and the tour.
Marla Conover
Congressman John Moolenaar MI04

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This month learn about E-Cigarettes and the issues that surround this topic as well as how our Rock Garden has a positive effect on abused children.  Read some safety rules to share with your children.  These rules are very good reminders to reinforce with children.



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Upcoming Events

Mom2Mom Sale
Saturday, October 24
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Donald L. Pavlick Middle School and Youth for Christ - Alma

Mother/Daughter Conference 
Friday, November 6 
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Mary School - Alma

CASA Trivia Night
Friday, November 20
Alma Elks 

Rock Garden
Heather Gardner
CAC Coordinator
Thank you to our local daycares and community members that have painted rocks for the Children's Advocacy Center of Gratiot County (CAC)!  The rocks add so much color and warmth to our CAC.  Children and their families love to look at all the different rocks.  These rocks are the first thing they see as they are walking up to the center and the last thing they see as they are leaving.  Many of the rocks have painted words of encouragement that are very comforting for the children to read, or have read to them.  Often, when a child visits the CAC they ask if they can paint a rock of their own to put in our garden. Whenever they ask this, I know that our CAC and our special garden have started the child and their family on their path to healing from abuse. 
Please keep those rocks coming! They truly make a difference!

  Ty Warczinsky
GCSAC Coordinator

Electronic Cigarettes (known as E-Cigarettes) are a new and emerging product. A tobacco-free product, E-cigarettes are actually vaporizers; instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or "vaped." While some argue that vapor offers health advantages over traditional cigarette smoke, regulatory agencies and some health experts aren't so sure that's true.  Little is known about the effects E-Cigarettes could have on a person's health.  One thing we know for sure is that the popularity of these devices is growing and growing fast.

At this time last year, there was one store in Gratiot County that sold E-Cigarettes; currently, there are four different locations whose main product is E-Cigarettes.  Most people are not aware that the FDA is not currently regulating E-Cigarettes. This means that legally a 13 year old can go in and buy an E-Cigarette.  

Recently the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition partnered with local law enforcement and sent decoys under the age of 18 to try and buy these devices in Gratiot County.  Three of the four stores sold E-Cigarettes to the underage decoys without asking for ID.  The decoys used were 16 year olds.  After the sale, there were no consequences for the vendors because they are not technically breaking the law.   

Members of the Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition encourage you to talk with your children about the dangers of E-Cigarettes, walk into one of these stores and ask questions, and even contact your local Legislators if you have concerns.
10 Safe Smart Rules for Kids & Grownups
by Richelle Davis
Prevention Educator

As you ready your children to go back to school with new backpacks, tennis shoes, and pencils, remind them of these important rules to keep them safe as they leave your side.

1.  I am the boss of my body.
2.  I always check first and get permission before I go anywhere.  If I can't check first, the answer is NO!
3.  I know my name, address, phone number, & parents' cell phone number, too.
4.  Safe grownups don't ask kids for help.  They go to other adults for assistance.
5.  I don't have to be polite if someone makes me feel scared or uncomfortable. It's okay to say NO! even to a grownup or bigger kid if I have to.
6.  Everyone's bathing suit areas are private!  No bathing suit area games are allowed.
7.  If I ever get lost in a public place, I can freeze and yell or go to a mom with kids and ask for help.
8.  I never go anywhere or take anything from someone I don't know, no matter what they say.
9.  I always listen to my own "inner voice", my "safety whistle", especially if I have the "uh-oh" feeling.
10.  I don't keep secrets from my parents.  No one should tell a child to keep a secret from their parents, especially if it involves their bodies.

On August 30th, Kendall W. celebrated her 1st Birthday by donating her toys to Child Advocacy!   Kendall's parents hope to inspire others to make donations locally.  
The staff at Child Advocacy would like to thank Kendall and her parents for their generous donation, and we would like to wish Kendall a very happy 1st birthday!

Scheduled Classes


Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group

Tuesday, September 15
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Central Michigan Youth for Christ - Alma

Please call our office at (989) 463-1422 to register for the class.
Thank you for reading our newsletter! 

We are busy gearing up for Fall and all of the activities, programs, and events that go hand and hand with a new school year!  Please mark your calendars and save the date for our 3rd Annual Mother Daughter Conference on Friday, November 6th.  If you have a daughter between the ages of 8-14 you will not want to miss this event!  Dinner, Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Workshops on trending topics, and so much more.  Information on this event coming soon!

Trivia Night is scheduled for Friday, November 20th at the Alma Elks Lodge.  If you haven't joined us for Trivia Night yet you won't want to miss the FUN!!  Teams of 8 will compete for all the glory!  Prizes, silent auction, raffles, and more!  Watch for more details on Trivia Night!  Did I mention that all proceeds will benefit our CASA program?  Great FUN, and a Great CAUSE!!! 

If you like up to date information on our programs and events please "Like" us on Facebook at Child Advocacy-Gratiot County. 

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Audra Stahl
Executive Director