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.
President & CEO
GCSAC Program Director
GCSAC Prevention Educator
CAN Program Director
CAN Prevention Educator
CASA Program Director
CASA Recruitment Coordinator
CAC Program Director
CAC Case Manager
CAC Intake Coordinator
Board of Directors
City of Alma Transportation
Sara Bonacci Photography
Prosecuting Attorney's Office
DuHadway Dance Dimensions
Alma School Board
Detective/Sgt. Gratiot Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Dept. of Health and Human Services
Doehring Schultz Insurance Agency
Gratiot Integrated Health Network
Central MI Youth for Christ
Alma Police Depart.
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
Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off
Gratiot Co. Sheriff
226 E. Center
open 24 hrs./day
Alma Police Dept.
525 E. Superior St.
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Breckenridge Police Dept.
104 E. Saginaw St.
8:00 a.m.- 5:00
Monday - Friday
St. Louis Police Dept.
108 W. Saginaw St.
Mon. 7 - 3
Tues. - Fri. 8 - 4
These sites accept
prescription pills and patches.
to help cover the cost for medical travel to Grand Rapids or help with transportation of foster children.
Gift Cards to Walmart and Meijer to purchase the specific needs of a child.
New Children's Books
Games for younger children to play
Capri Sun Juice Boxes
Diapers: Size 6
Socks (all sizes)
Fitted Crib Sheets
3T, 4T, 5T, 6T
Purple Gentle Can Formula
Community donations help the quality of our programs and are greatly appreciated. Donations can be made directly at Child Advocacy or by contacting our office. (989) 463-1422
"Your staff let me into the Baby Pantry to grab a few things for the mom I told you about. Just wanted to say thank you and WOW! I had no idea what you guys offered. This is a wonderful asset to our community. Thank you again."
Child Protective Services Ongoing Services Case Manager
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities. Child Advocacy will have pinwheel gardens again this year throughout Gratiot County and other events planned to support Prevention Month. Full details below.
Also this month is our Alumni Basketball game. New this year, a double header adding in two more local schools! Come join the fun and help support child abuse and neglect prevention!
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter,
Wear Blue Mondays
Every Monday in April
Wear blue to show your support for child abuse and neglect prevention. Send us your photos and we'll feature you on our Facebook page.
Alma College Pinwheel Garden Kickoff
Tuesday, April 3rd
Alma College Campus
The pinwheel is the recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. It also symbolizes the belief that every child has the right to grow and flourish to their full potential in a nurturing environment.
Child Advocacy Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, April 12th
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Alma Public Library
From prevention to intervention: Find out more about what Child Advocacy is doing, and what you can do to help counter child abuse and neglect in Gratiot County.
This is a free event open to the public. Lunch is provided. RSVP to (989)463-1422.
Charity Basketball Game
NEW THIS YEAR!! DOUBLE HEADER!!
Friday, April 13th
Event starts at 6:30pm.
Alma High School Gymnasium
Game 1: Ithaca vs. Breckenridge Alumni
Game 2: Alma vs. St. Louis Alumni
We are looking for Alma, Ithaca, St. Louis, and Breckenridge Alumni who played Varsity Boys Basketball to play in this years charity game. Please contact Staci@linkforfamilies.org if you are interesting in playing. Please send your Name, School, Graduation Year, and Shirt Size!
$5 at the door. All proceeds to benefit Child Advocacy's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs.
Mom to Mom Sale
Saturday, April 14
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Donald L. Pavlik Middle School - Alma
New and gently used children's clothes, toys, games, books, and large items available at this twice-annual community event. Admission is $2.00, proceeds benefit CMYFC and Child Advocacy.
For booth information please visit cmyfc.net/mom2mom or to stay up-to-date with all future Mom2Mom sale information visit facebook.com/cmyfcmom2mom.
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!
Wednesday, May 23
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Central Michigan Youth for Christ - Alma
Please call the Child Advocacy office at (989) 463-1422 to purchase tickets in advance.
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Day
Monday, April 25th
State Capital Lawn, Lansing
Organizations, advocates, and Michigan residents join forces on the Capital steps in a statewide effort to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect.
This event is open to the public.
Countering Child Abuse
Submitted by: Heather Therrien
CAC Program Director
Over the past several months, child sexual abuse has garnered significant media attention. Lawmakers here in Michigan are working to strengthen sexual abuse-related legislation. Advocacy groups are working tirelessly to raise awareness about how to prevent abuse from happening and how to intervene when abuse is suspected.
Nearly 90% of cases at the Children's Advocacy Center of Gratiot County involve allegations of sexual abuse and 93% of alleged offenders are known to their victims (74% are family members). Nationally, only about one third of child sexual abuse incidents are identified and even fewer are reported.
In addition to teaching our children how to protect themselves, there is a compelling need for adults to understand the dynamics of sexual and physical child abuse, to know the signs and symptoms of abuse and to report it when they suspect abuse is happening. We do not need proof to report abuse; only reasonable suspicion.
If you are uncertain what to look for or how to report abuse, the staff at Child Advocacy facilitates discussions and delivers individualized presentations and training for any interested person, group, or organization in Gratiot County. To find out more about these available resources, contact Heather or Morgan at 989 463 1422.
To immediately report abuse, contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Centralized Intake for Abuse and Neglect at 855-444-3911.
Child Advocacy is happy to announce the InterFraternity Council (IFC) at Alma College has chosen to partner with Child Advocacy and work with us to support our efforts and programs. We are looking forward to this partnership, and everything to come. Thank you IFC!
Medical Marihauna Facilities
Submitted by: Ty Warczinsky
GCSAC Program Director
The City of Alma is considering the prospect of passing an ordinance that would allow large-scale Medical Marihuana facilities within the city limits. Passing the ordinance as it is currently written would involve the unlimited production and transportation of marihuana as well as 5 dispensaries.
There was a public hearing on March 12th to hear the public opinion on this draft ordinance. At the hearing, the decision was made to put the ordinance on hold to further educate the residents of Alma and allow the City Commission to weigh in on the ordinance. Another public hearing will be scheduled in the near future.
GCSAC recognizes the economic opportunity available to the Marihuana Enterprises, and hopes to offer a balanced portrayal of the potential impacts on our community if large scale medical marihuana businesses are permitted in Gratiot County. Below is more information on the impact of a medical marijuana ordinance.
Why approving a medical marihuana ordinance may not be the best choice.
- Marihuana is a DEA Schedule 1 drug, which means it is an abused/addictive drug and is not a proven, research-based safe and effective medicine for any disease or condition.
- Medical Conditions reported for patients holding a Medical Marihuana Card in Michigan:
- Cancer 4.47%
- Glaucoma 1.45%
- Seizures 2.12%
- Severe & Chronic Pain 92.86%
- Largest age group with Medical Marihuana Card ages 24-35
- US Surgeon General Jerome Adams says marihuana is not one substance. "It's actually over 100 different substances, some of which benefit, some of which are harmful. I don't want 10 years down the road where we're seeing an epidemic of lung cancer among folks who are smoking medical marihuana."
- Marihuana use is detrimental for a young person's developing brain. Use of marihuana by teens is associated with poor school outcomes, lower IQ, poor memory, worsening psychiatric conditions and behavior problems. Research shows that years of chronic marihuana use can lead to changes on brain scans and increased risk of schizophrenia.
- Marihuana is recommended, not prescribed.
- Marihuana is illegal at the federal level and banks will not do business with marihuana licensees dispensaries therefore they are cash only. Large amounts of drugs and cash can attract crime.
- In Michigan, pot doctors often open offices and see only medical marihuana patients as a specialty, similar to pain clinics, and recommend marihuana for any disease or condition.
- California Police Chiefs examined the adverse effects of medical marihuana dispensaries on local communities and concluded that they may be associated with crime, loitering, people smoking marihuana in public, parking and traffic problems and may contribute to a secondary black market with illegal diversion of drugs.
- Other research shows increased youth and young adult marihuana use rates, drugged driving, domestic violence and child abuse/neglect especially in areas dense with dispensaries.
- Citizens are concerned about the location of the facilities and how they affect neighborhood and property values.
- Marihuana dispensaries have negative impacts: odors, trash, security concerns (cash only business, drug sales), parking, traffic, attract crime, crowd issues, signs, marketing, deliveries are allowed 24/7.
- Hydroponic marihuana farms use large amounts of water and electricity as well as pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals that might have a negative impact on the environment. They require intense lighting, huge fans and ventilation systems (noise), can attract crime, industrial traffic, security includes armed guards, video cameras, and security fences.
- In other states, many cities, townships, and villages have imposed moratoriums on businesses related to medical marihuana cultivation, processing and dispensing. Cities, townships, and villages need more time to look at issues such as hours of sale, cost of permits, conditions of use. Residents rights must be protected.
- In other states that have passed medical marihuana amendments, teens use marihuana at higher rates, marihuana-related emergency room visits increase, child pot poisonings and drugged driving fatalities rise. Businesses and drug free workplaces can be adversely affected.
Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group
Tuesday, April 10
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
East Superior Christian Church - Alma
Please call our office to RSVP at (989)463-1422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting
Monday, April 9
Please call Sara at 989-463-1422 with any questions.
The Baby Pantry
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wilcox Non-Profit Building - Alma
For more information about the Baby Pantry please contact Morgan Rooy at (989)463-1422.
Prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.
Tuesday, April 17th 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30th 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Alma Public Library - Art & Carra Smith Meeting Room
500 E. Superior St. - Alma
Registration is required, space is limited to 25 participants in each session.
A $5 fee will be charged per person to cover partial costs of workbooks.
CASA Volunteer Training
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will be hosting a volunteer training session from:
Tuesday, April 17th - Tuesday, May 22nd. All sessions will be from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Wilcox Non-Profit Center in Alma.
or (989)463-1422 for more information or to complete an application to become a CASA!
|Wow! This newsletter is packed full of great information! We hope you will join us for one of our events and/or classes this month. It's going to be a great month with lots of FUN!
President & CEO