The pandemic has put children at a higher risk for abuse and neglect. The Hope Is Here Campaign aims to virtually raise awareness.
Leah Fraley, Executive Director of SCAN, explains how the pandemic has caused a rise in abuse and a decrease in reporting.
Amy Wilker, Director of the Alexandria and Arlington CASA Program, explains how the pandemic has impacted children in foster care.
March 18, 2020 — A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SCAN Dear Friends and Supporters of SCAN, Things are rapidly changing across Northern Virginia as our communities respond to the threat of COVID-19. Over the past week I have been working closely with our staff and board to transition our team to work remotely, rearrange schedules, and […]
SCAN, Formed Families Forward, ARC of Loudoun to Host Workshop for Families of Children with Special Needs
On February 24th, SCAN, Formed Families Forward, and ARC of Loudoun will host a 2-hour workshop for parents and families of children with special needs. Caring for a child who has special education needs or has experienced trauma can be challenging. Come battle the mid-year blues with Yolonda Thompson, Family Program Manager of SCAN Family […]
December 2, 2019 (Woodbridge, Va.)–In conjunction with the Greater Prince William Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN), SCAN will host its 7th Annual “Speak Up for Children” Advocacy Training on December 6, 2019. The half-day training will provide guidance, legislative updates, and resources to help attendees be more effective advocates. The training will include: “State of the Child” Address – Join […]
November 16, 2019 (Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, VA) — On November 16th, more than 300 supporters attended SCAN’s 17th annual Toast to Hope gala at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. A record-breaking $186,000 was raised at the event, the first time it was hosted as a “Blue Tie Gala” where guests were invited […]
SCAN and Certified FETI team up to bring science-based trauma interviewing to Northern Virginia law enforcement
SCAN hosts Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI®) training in Falls Church to provide interviewers with a science-informed interviewing framework.
April 26, 2019—On April 26th, more than 75 at-risk youth and youth aging out of foster care attended the inaugural Arlington Youth in Transition Conference. SCAN of Northern Virginia’s CASA Program and the Arlington County Department of Human Services hosted the event for local youth ages 14-21. As children in the foster care system get older (and eventually “age-out”) they face […]
April 5, 2019–SCAN celebrated the work of five local heroes at the 17th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards to kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month. With special guest emcee Leon Harris from NBC4, the event also featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Heather Pfeifer, who presented an introduction to the compelling Illuminations training. The event was […]
April 5, 2019 – Burke & Herbert Bank is raising funds for SCAN of Northern Virginia’s child abuse prevention programs through its annual coin drive throughout the month of April—National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Community members can make coin donations to SCAN at any of the Bank’s branches, and Burke & Herbert Bank will match […]
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 […]
January 31, 2019—SCAN of Northern Virginia opened a new office in Loudoun County this month. In addition to its main office in Alexandria, the new space—located at 18 Export Drive in Sterling, Va.—will provide opportunities and space to coordinate with community partners as the organization works to strengthen children and nurture families in Loudoun County. […]
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 […]
Do you ever wonder what it’s like to become a trained facilitator for one of SCAN’s parenting programs? This week, one of our BSW interns shares his first-hand knowledge of the experience: My name is Ernesto Aguiluz and I am a social work intern for SCAN. I have just completed the 21-hour training to become […]
A special guest post from D2L Certified Instructor (and former SCAN employee) Tracy Leonard: Although my family left Northern Virginia and I have left SCAN, I haven’t left the work. While at SCAN, I was fortunate enough to not only receive the training to become a Darkness to Light Authorized Facilitator, but also a Certified Instructor. […]
November 5, 2018—On November 3, 2018, SCAN hosted its 16th annual Toast to Hope gala at Springfield Golf and Country Club. The annual fundraiser raised a record-breaking $160,000 in critical funding for SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs, and was especially poignant this year as the organization celebrates three decades of work protecting children and supporting families across […]
On September 26, thanks to grant funding from Loudoun Non-Profit grants, the first Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN) meeting was called to order at HealthWorks for Northern Virginia in Loudoun County and facilitated by SCAN. The Loudoun community has been making great strides in integrating trauma-informed care in the community and SCAN is excited to help steward […]
Earlier this month, SCAN held an all-day workshop focused on parental trauma, mental health challenges, and substance use and their impact on children and families. With support from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, we hosted nearly 100 professionals and advocates to learn more about how trauma relates to mental health, alcohol and substance use and […]
July 31, 2018–SCAN announced today that Leah Fraley will join the organization as its next Executive Director, effective August 6. “Ms. Fraley is an accomplished nonprofit executive with nearly two decades of experience including a strong background in executive leadership and development,” notes Laura Yager, President of SCAN’s Board of Directors. Leah comes to SCAN from the International […]
Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth Awards Grant to SCAN for partnership with ACPS & Alexandria DCHS
July 10, 2018–The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant to SCAN of Northern Virginia to support parent education and engagement that facilitates youth tobacco use prevention in the city. SCAN of Northern Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) will work together […]
June 29, 2018—After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected SCAN of Northern Virginia to be part of the Class of 2018-19. SCAN has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 120+ experts in the local philanthropic field, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident […]
June 7, 2018–SCAN’s 6thAnnual Croquet Day took place on May 31st with a waterfront view at Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria. A record crowd included dozens of spectators and volunteers as well as the 110 players on 33 teams playing across 14 croquet courts. Special thanks to “Croquet Bob” for returning to oversee the tournament, photographer […]
May 31, 2018 – Burke & Herbert Bank raised more than $2,600 for SCAN of Northern Virginia’s child abuse prevention programs through its an annual coin drive at branches throughout the month of April—National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Visitors to the bank’s branches contributed more than $1,600 in cash. Burke & Herbert Bank, one of SCAN’s […]
“Hands are not for hitting” is a common phrase used by parents and caregivers to help teach young children appropriate social interaction skills. We want children to have healthy relationships as they grow older, but what message do we really send to them when they are being told not to hit others, but then experience […]