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 Victim Advocate
CAC Case Manager
CAC Intake Coordinator
Board of Directors
Alma City Manager
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
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
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
Parent's Choice™ Gentle or Enfamil Gentlease® Formula (purple can)
Diapers- Sizes 5 & 6
Boy's Clothing Sizes 3, 4, 5, &
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
The instructor was very kind and informed. Gave us a lot of insight to our children's
Nurturing Parenting Program Evaluation from a parent who completed the class.
Welcome back to another school year! Child Advocacy has been gearing up for another year of community events and parenting class offerings. Check us out on Facebook to follow an up to date schedule of activities and events hosted by Child Advocacy!
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Chronic Pain, The Opioid "Epidemic",The CDC Guideline and New State Laws
Responsible Prescribing Conference for Health Care Professionals
Friday, September 14, 2018
12:30 - 4 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Medical Center - Gratiot
Saturday, November 17
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Alma Elks Lodge #1400 - Alma
Contact Staci at (989) 463-1422 for more information on this event.
September is Safe Sleep Month
Submitted by: Morgan Rooy
CAN Program Director
Every THREE days a Michigan baby dies when sleeping in an unsafe place. These deaths are 100% preventable, and Child Advocacy is committed to reducing this statistic. You may have seen our safe sleep materials at our information booths around the community and shared on our Facebook page, but did you know we incorporate safe sleep messaging and education into our programming?
Our Baby Basics class is a one-time, two-hour training on the prevention of shaken baby syndrome and the utilization of infant safe sleep. We address the nature of babies (their crying!), the danger of adults' force to infants, safe sleep practices, and the myths that keep babies unsafe. This class offers hands-on practice in how to handle and hold baby, how to dress in a sleep sack, and how to create a safe sleeping environment.
A variety of our parent education classes also educate on the dangers of unsafe sleeping environments. Participants learn the ABC's of safe sleep and sign a "Safe Sleep Agreement," which states their understanding of and commitment to safe sleep.
ABC's = Alone, on their Back, in a Crib.
In our Baby Pantry, we educate parents on safe sleep in a variety of ways. Expectant parents are provided handouts on safe sleep so they can prepare before baby arrives; our New Baby Bags are equipped with sleep sacks to prevent use of blankets in the crib; volunteers ask new parents about their baby's sleeping environment and offer nurturing advice in making sleep safe; we have posters on our walls that provide visuals of safe environments, and we have tags pinned to each blanket that read:
"I'm a soft, pretty blanket to admire and adore.
But I'm not for a crib; I'm placed on the floor.
Spend time with your babies on their tummies every day.
But always take them with you when you need to walk away."
-Donna Lynn Holland, 2007
We are determined to inform parents, grandparents, and other caregivers of infants on safe sleep environments, and debunk the common myths or misunderstandings. We know that the recommendations have changed over the years and understand that it can be confusing. If you are interested in learning more about Child Advocacy's safe sleep initiatives, or would like materials for yourself, family members, or your place of work, please let us know. We are here to help, and we can be reached at (989) 463-1422.
Back to School with
By: Richelle Davis
CAN Prevention Educator
It's that time of year again. Children all over the country are preparing for a brand new year of school. We are super excited to begin the school year so we can bring the Protect Yourself Program to a whole new group of children.
As students begin to settle into a routine we will begin the Protect Yourself Program in all of the first and third grade classrooms in the county. These schools include: Alma, Ithaca, St. Louis, Breckenridge, Ashley, Fulton, and St. Mary's School in Alma.
The Protect Yourself Program consists of a series of five lessons that empower kids with the knowledge to keep themselves safe in a variety of dangerous situations. The lessons include identifying dangerous situations, feelings and instincts, tricks strangers may use, good touch/bad touch, and who to tell if you have a problem.
Last year the Protect Yourself Program was brought to over 1000 students in Gratiot County. If you have a first or third grader, be looking for us to visit your child's classroom and be ready to discuss these topics with them.
Submitted by: Ty Warczinsky
GCSAC Program Director
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and before we look at some of the prevention efforts coming up, we will look at the scope of the problem locally. In Gratiot County, according to last year's MiPHY Survey, thirty-three percent of our high school students reported that they felt
sad or hopeless almost every day for a period of two weeks or more consecutively. They also stopped doing some activities during the past twelve months that they once routinely participated in. Twenty-four percent of High School Students reported they seriously considered attempting suicide during the past twelve months, while nine percent reported they actually attempted suicide one or more times during the past twelve months. However, these numbers are alarming, but are not any different from what we are seeing throughout both the state and country.
The GCSAC (Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition) along with its community partners, is continuing QPR (Question Persuade and Refer) training throughout Gratiot County schools. GCSAC is collaborating with GIHN (Gratiot Integrated Health Network) and Alma College the week of September 24th for a Suicide Awareness campaign in Gratiot County. Alma College is hosting a suicide prevention speaker that week, we are having a pinwheel Garden at GIHN, and there will be a social media campaign to bring awareness. We will also be asking people to post pictures of themselves wearing yellow in hopes of shinning a spotlight on suicide awareness.
Things you can do to help: learn about the signs and clues to suicide, have resources handy such as the GIHN
: 989-463-4971 and the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255, engage your place of work or local business in bringing in a QPR training. These QPR trainings are an hour long and free of charge. If you are interested in a QPR training contact Ty Warczinsky at
Also, start conversations with your children, know what they are involved in, and how they are feeling. Never be afraid to ask for help.
Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group
Who: Non-biological caregivers (foster, adoptive, kinship, etc.) and their children.
Support group featuring special guest Dr. Stephanie Grant. Dr. Grant is the Director of Infant Mental Health and Trauma Informed Communities with Development Enhancement Behavioral Health. Her presentation will be on neurodevelopmental trauma, with a specific focus on why children with trauma histories are different and the care-giving techniques they need. She will also be providing examples of how to respond to behavior problems. This has been a requested topic for some time now, and we are excited to have her with us!
Where: East Superior Christian Church (605 E. Superior St. Alma, MI)
When: Tuesday, September 11th 6:00-8:00 p.m. (the second Tuesday of every month)
Why: Because parenting is one of the most difficult jobs, and having support from others is crucial. Did we mention free childcare and snacks?!
Please call our office t
VP at (989)4
63-1422 or email m
Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting
Monday, September 10
Please call Emily 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.
Darkness to Light Training
Prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Monday, September 24
12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Alma Public Library - Art & Carra Smith Room
Registration is required, a $5 fee is charged per person to cover the partial cost of workbooks. Register by contacting Morgan Rooy at (989)463-1422 or Morgan@linkforfamilies.org.
|Welcome back to school!
We are excited for another school year and more opportunities to bring programs, events, and informational sessions to the community. We hope you will join us throughout the year.
This month we are saying goodbye to two of our employees, Mallory Harrier and Danielle Schmidtman. Both Mallory and Danielle are moving out of the area and we wish them the best of luck on their new adventures!
President & CEO