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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 
Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off
Gratiot Co. Sheriff
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Alma Police Dept.
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Staci Bigelow
Volunteer/Event Coordinator 
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Internet Safety
Submitted by: Nicole Showers
CAC Case Manager

The internet can be a wonderful tool for children and teens. Many children are using the internet as a place of learning and socializing, especially during this time when social distancing is encouraged. While there are many benefits to using the internet, there are some risks that come along with it. Parents should always be aware of what their child/teen is doing while using the internet. Right now, while children are often stuck at home, is an essential time for parents to have a conversation with their children about online safety.

There are many tools out there to help parents navigate this tough issue. Most internet providers have parental controls that can be put into place to block access to certain sites and prevent certain information from being shared.

These are some tips to share with our child and teen in regards to internet safety:

-Never give away personal information such as, address, phone number, or where you attend school.

-Do not share passwords with anyone. (not including parents)

-Never agree to meet up with someone in person without discussing with your parents beforehand.

-If you receive a message online that is threatening or inappropriate, do not respond. Let your parent know right away. 

Some guidelines for parents to follow to promote internet safety:

-Keep the computer in a common area of the house. Do not allow children to have tablets, computers, or phones in their bedroom. 

-Closely monitor any time spent on the internet, including on smartphones and tablets.

-Be aware of your bank statements and any charges being made that look suspicious. 

If your child informs you that something happened online that made them feel uncomfortable or not safe, let them know that you appreciate them being open and honest with you. Always report threatening or illegal activity to local law enforcement for investigation.

Learn With Us
Submitted by: Rachel Letsche
CASA Recruitment Coordinator

Neither rain, snow, heat, or a pandemic will slow down the advocacy of a CASA Volunteer. CASA of Gratiot County has continued to provide advocacy for children that have experienced abuse and neglect. Our volunteers are continuing to provide weekly visits with their assigned children in a virtual setting and attending court proceedings.

CASA of Gratiot County's volunteers complete a 40-hour specialized training on how to advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. The curriculum includes the following topics: the role of the volunteer, the child welfare system, needs and development of children, trauma, mental health, poverty, professional communication, cultural competence, educational needs, and permanency. 
We are excited to share that our next training will be held in a virtual setting! This virtual training will be in two parts. The majority of the training will be Zoom meetings that will be held with CASA staff and volunteers. The second part of the training is completing courtroom observations via Zoom.
No special background or education is required to become a CASA Volunteer. We encourage people who have a passion for helping children from all backgrounds to join our volunteer program. We only ask that you are 21+ years old, pass a background check, willing to commit 10-15 hours a month for at least 18 months.

Apply for this unique volunteer opportunity, click here
Attend our next information session here

Happy Independence Day!  

I hope you are having a safe and healthy summer.  I am sure you are eagerly anticipating the plan for school to re-open in the Fall.  I know we are!  In the meantime we are busy planning for all of our school based programs and activities, so when and if school does open on schedule we will be ready to teach and work with your children.  
Stay tuned in August for an update on our new building progress.  We hope to see you soon!

Audra Stahl
President & CEO