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

"Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love ."
- Marvin Ashton

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 
President & CEO 
Pam Mahin
Office Manager

Staci Bigelow
Event/Volunteer Coordinator

Ty Warczinsky 
GCSAC Program Director
Emily Rayburn
GCSAC Coordinator

Sara Krebs 
GCSAC Prevention
Alexa Morton
 GCSAC Prevention Educator
Morgan Rooy
CAN Program Director
 Richelle Davis 
CAN Prevention Educator
Michelle Zombeck 
 CASA Program Director    
Rachel Letsche
CASA Recruitment Coordinator
Heather Therrien  
CAC Program Director

Jennifer Stambaugh
CAC Victim Advocate
Nicole Showers
CAC Case Manager

Nikky Holton
CAC Intake Coordinator
Board of Directors  

Carolyn Studley
Vice President 
Jennifer Leppien
Community Representative

Sara Bonacci

Garth Anderson
Commercial Bank

Brett Baublitz
Transportation Director/City of Alma

Colleen Davis
Prosecuting Attorney's Office 
Jim Dubey
Garr Tool 

Rob DuHadway
DuHadway Dance Dimentions

Tammy Halfmann
Mercantile Bank

David Justin
 Alma School Board
John Morey

Mike Morris
Gratiot County Sheriff
Alison Morrison
Dept. of Health and Human Services 
Jennifer Siefker
Tri-Lakes Petroleum

Michelle Stillwagon
Gratiot Integrated Health Network

Kevin Sweeney
Michigan State Police

Katie Tobias
Katie Tobias State Farm

Annette Weller-Collison
Kahn Consulting, INC.
Mark Williams
Alma Public Safety Administrator 


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   Please see new carseat guidelines on our website.
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
Breckenridge Police Dept.
 104 E. Saginaw St.
8:00 a.m.- 5:00  p.m.
Monday - Friday
St. Louis Police Dept.
300 N. Mill St.
Mon. 7 - 3 
Tues. - Fri. 8 - 4 
These sites accept
prescription pills and patches.
Program Needs

Gas Cards 
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. 
Drawing Paper
New Children's Books
Games for younger children to play
Capri Sun Juice Boxes
Bottled Water

Baby Pantry

Infant Formula
(yellow can)
Gentle Formula
(purple can)
size 5 & 6
Newborn clothing

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

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Child Advocacy will be hosting our Annual Alumni Basketball Game on April 17, 2020. Keep watching for more information.  Lots of fun to come!

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter,
Staci Bigelow
Volunteer/Event Coordinator 
Check out our website .

Alumni Basketball Game
Alma, Ithaca, St. Louis, Breckenridge High School Alumni
Friday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Alma High School Gymnasium  

If you are interested in playing in our Alumni Game and you are a Varsity Alumni from one of the schools listed above, please contact Staci at (989)463-1422 or

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

Children's Advocacy Center Support for Families
Submitted by: Jennifer Stambaugh
CAC Victim Advocate

The Children's Advocacy Center here at Child Advocacy may be most widely known for conducting Forensic Interviews for children/teens when there has been an allegation of physical or sexual abuse, witness to violence, or drug endangerment. However, in addition to this very critical service, families also receive other services including victim advocacy. The Victim Advocate meets with the family and child at the time of the Forensic Interview providing emotional support and reassurance, resources, and referrals to start the family on a path towards healing.
How well a child copes following the disclosure of abuse has a lot to do with the support of the family. As such, it is important for the Victim Advocate to work closely with not only child victims, but also their families after the disclosure of abuse.
The advocate can provide access to needed information, and specialized services and support throughout the healing and justice processes. Assistance may include:
  • Crisis intervention
  • Assessment of individual and family needs
  • Therapy referrals
  • Education on access to victim's rights and Crime Victim Compensation
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Case updates
  • Connection with community resources
  • Support Groups
The ongoing support of the victim advocate can continue for months after the initial visit to the Children's Advocacy Center.
The Truth about Electronic Cigarettes
Submitted by: Emily Rayburn
GCSAC Coordinator

In December of 2018, Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams issued an advisory regarding electronic cigarettes and how they have become an epidemic among our youth. ONE JUUL pod is the equivalent to TWENTY cigarettes. That is one pack of cigarettes. Most people refer to using e-cigarettes as vaping- but did you know that the term "vaping" is essentially incorrect? Electronic cigarettes deliver a cocktail of toxic chemicals into the lungs. If users were "vaping" the substance users are inhaling and the cloud of smoke would be just that, water vapor. But because electronic cigarettes contain nicotine and other substances along with the vape cloud nano-particles, such as nickel, cadmium and copper, users are in fact "aerosoling."

As of January 14, 2020, a total of 2,668 hospitalized e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) cases or deaths have been reported to the CDC from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories (CDC).
Electronic Cigarettes can also be used for more than just the e-juice. In fact, one-third of US middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes with non-nicotine substances while one-third youth have used marihuana with the JUUL device. It takes a simple search on YouTube to find "how to make marihuana into e-juice" and hundreds of videos are at youth's finger tips.

There are other safety concerns related to using electronic cigarette devices. There have been many reports that e-cigarettes have exploded or caught on fire, resulting in injuries to the users. There are also reports that toddlers have ingested e-juice and died. Ingesting less than ¼ teaspoon of 1.8% concentrated liquid nicotine can be fatal to a 50 pound child (Children's Safety Network).

If you are interested in learning more about electronic cigarettes; please join us for our Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting on Monday, February 10 at 1:00 pm at MidMichigan Medical Center Gratiot in the Wilcox Auditorium. I will be presenting other information regarding electronic cigarettes and will have visual aids available so you can see firsthand what our youth are using!

For any other questions, I have included a few links below with some more information regarding electronic cigarettes.

State of Michigan Tobacco Section
Scheduled Classes

Lunch & Learn

1st Thursday of every month
Alma Public Library
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Child Advocacy will be hosting monthly lunch & learns on a variety of topics. We hope you will join us. Please email Staci at to RSVP or call (989)463-1422.
I am excited to share that our new building project is moving right along.  We are still busy raising funds for the building, and as of right now we have about 88% of the funds raised!  If you are interested in donating to this project or learning more about the new building plans we would love to share information with you.  Just give us a call at 989-463-1422. 

Audra Stahl
President & CEO