Menu of Services

Parenting Classes

Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at East Superior Christian Church, 605 E. Superior Street, Alma.  The group provides parents with similar experiences the opportunity for interaction, stress reduction, and contacts with community resources.   Professional trainings are offered on a monthly basis. 

Parenting Class – classes open to anyone in need of a parenting class. A wide variety of topics are covered in six sessions.

Nurturing Parenting Class offered twice a year.  The class is designed for parents and their school aged children 5- 11 years old.  Parents will learn nurturing ways to encourage appropriate behavior, build self-esteem in their children, and have fun as a family.  Program is 10 consecutive two hour sessions.

Youth Programs

“Protect Yourself” Program Program is available through Gratiot County Elementary Schools.  Program provides self-protection and safety lessons by teaching children how to recognize and respond to abduction and abusive situations.

Problem ID & Referral This program is designed to identify youth at the early onset of risky behavior.  Referrals can be made for youth who are exhibiting chronic school discipline, attendance concerns, substance abuse concerns, or concerning behavior at home.  Screenings are free of charge.  

Other

Lending Library - Free educational resource for childcare providers and parents.  Theme based totes and story stretchers includiing books, puzzles, puppets, books and vdeos.  These resources may be checked out for a two week period.

Car Seat Safety InspectionCertified safety seat technician available to check for safety recalls, proper fit, proper installation, and expiration date. No fee

Books and Video Resources - A variety of parenting/child development books and video tapes are available to be check out.  Visit our office Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prescription Drug Drop Box - Permanent drop box locations are available for prescription drugs at the Gratiot County Sheriff Department, 226 E. Center St., Ithaca hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days/week, Alma Police Department, 525 E. Superior St. hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or the St. Louis Police Department, 108 W. Saginaw St. hours are Monday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Tuesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Breckenridge Police Department 104 E. Saginaw St. hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The sites accept prescription pills and patches.

Programs

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (CAN) - The key to the prevention of child abuse and neglect is providing education, training, and support to our community and their families. The CAN Program offers free parenting classes, self-protection classes for children, car seat safety inspections, support groups, child sexual abuse prevention training, and more.

Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) - The Children's Advocacy Center emphasizes the coordination of investigation and intervention services by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multidisciplinary team to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases.  The center provides forensic interviewing services, victim advocacy and support, and family support.  No fee for this service. 

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)CASA recruits, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.  Volunteers serve as the "eyes and ears" of the court offering the judge a critical perspective of what is in the best interest of each child, based on information gathered first-hand through research, interviews and observations.

Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition (GCSAC)GCSAC is a collaborative countywide decision-making body of community members that meets to address the issue of substance abuse prevention in Gratiot County.  GCSAC also conducts suicide prevention programs in the county.  GCSAC offers QPR training (Question, Persuade, & Refer), an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives..

Campaigns

Above the Influence The GCSAC collaborates with area schools to provide an Above the Influence campaign to youth in Gratiot County.  The campaign is designed to bring awareness of positive and negative influences that can affect the youth in our communities.  The campaign gives students tools they need to rise above negative influences.

Pinwheels for Prevention - The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. It stands as an uplifting reminder that all children deserve great childhoods. Our pinwheel gardens are planted each April, in honor of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.