Scheduled Classes - September 2018

Foster/ Adoptive/ Relative Care Support Group

Who: Non-biological caregivers (foster, adoptive, kinship, etc.) and their children.

What: 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 caregiving 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 RSVP the number of adults and children in attendance by responding to this email or calling (989) 463-1422.


Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting
Monday, September 10
1:00 p.m.
YFC - Alma
Please call Emily at 989-463-1422 with any questions. 


Chronic Pain, The Opioid "Epidemic",The CDC Guideline and New State
Responsible Prescribing Conference for Health Care Professionals
Friday, September 14, 2018
12:30 - 4 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Medical Center - Gratiot
Wilcox Auditorium
Registration is available for this program at:

Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children

Community Training
Monday, September 24th
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 partial costs of workbooks. Register by contacting Morgan Rooy at (989)463-1422 or
Nurturing Parenting Program
For Parents of Teenagers
October 1,8,15,29
November 5,12
10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Wilcox Non-Profit Center
525 N. State St. Room 112 - Alma
Certificates will be provided after completion of the class.
Contact Morgan Rooy at 989-463-1422 to register or for more information.


Fall Training

Trivia Night 2018

Join Child Advocacy for the 6th annual TRIVIA NIGHT, a fun event that will test your pop culture, sports, music, history and geography knowledge.

The 6th annual Trivia Night fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th at the Alma Elks Lodge #1400.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with trivia play starting at 7:30 p.m.  Appetizers, desserts, and a cash bar will be available.  

* Eight person teams
* Full team of eight -$160
* Individual tickets $25.00 per person
* 50/50 raffle
* raffle
* silent/live auctions
* table sponsors available.

Your participation in TRIVIA NIGHT will help support our programs and services offered to residents of Gratiot County.  Click here for a registration form.  If you have further questions, please contact Staci Bigelow at (989) 463-1422.  

Lending Library


Child Advocacy’s Lending Library is a FREE educational resource!  It is designed for parents and caregivers with children birth to 5 years to encourage and enhance the learning experience at home, school, or child care. 

Items include:

NEW: Four themed sensory bags for children ages birth - 2 years.

Theme Totes: Themed Rubbermaid containers containing books, puzzles, hands on activities, and toys

Story Stretchers: Totes include a book, along with a toy(s) and/or CD to enhance the learning of the storybook.

Items are available to be checked out for a 2 week period FREE of charge.

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