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Category: Child Advocacy 

Five Reasons to Become a CASA Volunteer

Every child deserves a safe and nurturing environment to thrive in. Unfortunately, not all children have the privilege of growing up in such an environment. This is where Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) step in to make a profound difference. If you’re considering becoming a CASA volunteer, here are some compelling reasons to embark on this […]

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Spotlight in The Zebra: April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

“By raising awareness about the importance of preventing child abuse, we can build a community of people who are paying attention to children,” said Emily Robinson, director of communications and public awareness for SCAN of Northern Virginia. “Awareness also builds resilience for survivors who may have been victims of child abuse in the past. We want people to know that if you are a child abuse survivor, you’re not broken. There are resources available to move forward.”

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2022, a year in review

2022 was an incredible year for child abuse prevention. Check out highlights from this year and the extraordinary things our supporters have allowed us to do.

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SCAN 2022 Fall Newsletter

The 2021 Fall edition of the SCAN Newsletter has arrived! The pandemic challenged us when our methods were limited, but these challenging times have brought us new and innovative solutions. Please join us on this journey to prevent child abuse and change the very communities we live in.

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SCAN 2021 Fall Newsletter

The 2021 Fall edition of the SCAN Newsletter has arrived! The pandemic challenged us when our methods were limited, but these challenging times have brought us new and innovative solutions. Please join us on this journey to prevent child abuse and change the very communities we live in.

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FOX DC: SCAN calls for action on institutional abuse following gymnastics testimonies

SCAN's new Institutional Abuse Prevention program, aims at preventing abuse in youth-serving organizations, like USA Gymnastics. "We’re tired of excuses because we know how we can do better," Program Director Laurie Tasharski told Fox 5 Monday. "If you have a reputation that you won’t harm, that you’re above reproach, you’re actually more likely to have a situation where a child can be harmed in your care."

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Statement on Institutional Abuse in Response to Sexual Offenses of Larry Nassar

The failures of both USA Gymnastics and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to appropriately address the sexual offenses of Larry Nassar enabled his crimes.  This is institutional abuse, and it is not a new story.  Organizations routinely side with employees and people in positions of power over the allegations of children, prioritizing their reputation over the safety of the children in their care.

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Support letter: Guaranteed Basic Income in Alexandria

Dear Alexandria City Council, SCAN of Northern Virginia stands with dozens of other community organizations in support of the Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) Pilot you can fund on July 6th. We have seen firsthand how the pandemic has rocked Alexandria’s families. GBI would bring a just moral recovery in the wake of the public health […]

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SCAN to Host Toiletry Drive for Older Youth in Care

February 14, 2019—During the months of February and March, SCAN of Northern Virginia is accepting donations of toiletry items for local teens and older youth in the foster care system. Gift cards and donations are also welcome in support of the drive.  (Download a Wish List for the drive here.) “For older youth and teens […]

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SCAN Hosts 7th Annual Advocacy Training

November 30, 2018–SCAN held its 7th Annual “Speak Up for Children” Training for Advocates in Virginia on Friday November 30th fat the South County Government Center in Alexandria. More than 50 guests attended. The day began with an “Advocacy 101” training from Johanna Schuchert, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. This […]

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The Reality of Family Separation: Children, Trauma, and What We Do Next

As a leader in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Northern Virginia, SCAN is dedicated to educating the community about the scope, nature, and consequences of child abuse and neglect. The separation of immigrant parents from their children after they have crossed the U.S. border “is a form of child abuse,” said Dr. […]

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