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

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings ."
                                        
- William Arthur Ward

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
 Coordinator
 
 
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  

President
Carolyn Studley
Community 
Representative
   
Vice President 
Jennifer Leppien
Community Representative

Secretary
Jamie Richardson
Doehring Schultz Insurance Agency
   
Treasurer
Sara Bonacci
Community 
Representative

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

Tom Fick
Michigan State Police

Tammy Halfmann
Mercantile Bank

David Justin
 Alma School Board
 
John Morey
CPA

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

Michelle Stillwagon
Gratiot Integrated Health Network

Katie Tobias
Katie Tobias State Farm

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

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
 989-463-1422
 or 800-552-4489   Please see new carseat guidelines on our website.
Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off
Site
 
Gratiot Co. Sheriff
226 E. Center
Ithaca
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
Puzzles
New Children's Books
Play-dough
Games for younger children to play
Capri Sun Juice Boxes
Bottled Water

Baby Pantry

Infant Formula
(yellow can)
Gentle Formula
(purple can)
Diapers 
size 5 & 6
WIPES
Newborn clothing
Quart-sized zip-lock bags
Blankets

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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This month we share information on the National Adoption Month and look at numbers submitted by our Children's Advocacy Center for the past year.

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


Game Day Challenge
Bring $5.00 to work on  Friday, November 15th and sport your MSU or U of M gear!!

If the team you are sporting loses the big game on Saturday, November 16th then you owe another $1.00 on Monday. 

Whoever raises the most money will get the traveling trophy to display for the next year!! Any version of the game challenge is acceptable, the goal is to raise money for child abuse and neglect prevention.

Contact Staci at (989)463-1422 for more information.

Trivia Night
Friday, November 22
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Alma Elks Lodge #1400 - Alma

United Way is matching all of the proceeds
up to $10,000!! Trivia Night is our largest fundraiser of the year, please consider donating to our silent auction.

Contact Staci at (989) 463-1422 for more information on this event.

November
Submitted by: Michelle Zombeck
CASA Program Director


November has become a special month for families across America, it is recognized to be a time to celebrate a unique and diverse way to create a family. The original idea of a recognized adoption awareness week happened in 1976 by Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis. In 1984, President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week. As more and more events were happening around this special period, it became clear that a week was not enough and in 1995 President Clinton made November National Adoption Month. (Adoption & Beyond, 2013)

Adoption has been around as long as humans have been alive. The history of adoption is ever changing and even before it had an official term and was openly celebrated. Adoption provided a way for parents who could not care for their children to place them in homes with willing and waiting parents. (American Adoptions, n.d.)

In the United States there are over 400,000 children in foster care. As reported by the Anne E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Center in 2017, the state of Michigan had just under 12,000 kids in care. Gratiot County is not exempt from this horrible circumstance and 77% of the youth in care are under the age of 8.

The main message behind the National Adoption Month is awareness: hundreds of thousands of children spend their days in the foster care system, waiting for their forever families to find them. So what can be done? Gratiot County is in desperate need of families that are willing to open their homes and support these children through the process of the child welfare system. If you would like to know more information about fostering, visit the Foster Care Navigator at www.fcnp.org. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is another excellent way for people to advocate and give children a voice while the system is working on a permanency plan. CASA is a very unique volunteer opportunity where people who have a passion for helping children go through a specialized training learning how to ensure that a child's needs and best interests are look after.

If you are not able to open your home or volunteer there are other ways you can help. You can sponsor children through various programs, you can donate dollars for direct needs and best of all you can educate. Spread the word about our most vulnerable populations.

To learn more how you can help contact Child Advocacy.

Adoption & Beyond, Inc."The History of National Adoption Month."
Adoption & Beyond, 10 Dec. 2013, adoption-beyond.org/the-history-of-national-adoption-month/.

American Adoptions, Inc. "'What Does Adoption Mean to a Child?"." American Adoptions - History of Adoption - A Complete Guide to Adoption History, American Adoptions, www.americanadoptions.com/adoption/history-of-adoption.
Scheduled Classes
**The November coalition meeting is cancelled in observance of Veterans Day**
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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 staci@linkforfamilies.org to RSVP or call (989)463-1422.
November

Happy Thanksgiving!

This month we give THANKS to all of you!

Thank you for your continued support of Child Advocacy!

Sincerely,
Audra Stahl
President & CEO