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.
Child abuse is on the rise as Loudoun's vulnerable families continue to face long-term consequences of COVID. That's where SCAN comes in. After two years of isolation, socio-economic instability, and lack of community resources, struggling families continue to face stress and unsafe living situations. Loudoun's youth need our help now more than ever.
We are all responsible for keeping children safe in our community. In the wake of the recent peer sexual assaults, the Loudoun County Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN), stands with community members seeking transparent processes that prioritize the privacy and recovery of children who experience sexual abuse.
Loudoun County has allocated nearly $2.5 million to 36 area nonprofits and faith-based organizations working to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The allocation are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, from which the county government has received $40.2 million in the first of two payments from the federal government. Domestic Violence/Child Abuse: SCAN of Northern Virginia, $41,953.
SCAN is awarded a $11,865 Loyola Children’s Law and Policy Executive Program Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children.
Grant from AT&T Will Support SCAN’s Work Empowering Changemakers in Northern Virginia to Drive Systematic Change.
Hear our friends at Fairfax County CASA discuss the life changing work a committed volunteer can make in a child's life who has been passed through the system.
SCAN receives a $10,000 grant from AT&T to support its work this April, during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
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 […]
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 […]
This past November, thanks to our partnership with Prince William County Community Services Board, SCAN’s Public Education Manager was given the opportunity to join Virginia’s second cohort to be trained in the ACE Interface Master Trainer curriculum. (ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experience.) Developed by Dr. Robert Anda, co-principal investigator of the groundbreaking ACEs study, […]
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. […]
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 […]
As our work to prevent child sexual abuse pushes onward in our local communities, we are reminded of the mission of our national partner Darkness to Light: We empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. We believe that adults own the responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse. They need to play an integral role in […]
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 […]
Earlier this summer, Leah Davidson from Arlington County Parent Infant Education Program led a very informative discussion about how professionals and parents can support an infant’s mental health at SCAN’s quarterly Allies in Prevention Coalition meeting. Representatives from DC Diaper Bank were also at the meeting and they shared exciting new partnership opportunities with members. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Next month, SCAN will host a facilitator workshop for Darkness to Light, where we’ll train adults to deliver the Stewards of Children® training program to others in our local community. Facilitators model the core principals of the curriculum by talking openly about child sexual abuse and engaging adults in discussion, and are expected to schedule and facilitate at least 4 […]
On March 8th, SCAN’s Allies in Prevention Coalition hosted its quarterly meeting with a focus on the Importance of Routines for Children. Dr. Amy Parks from The Wise Family and Dr. Kelly Henderson from Formed Families Forward joined us to lead a fantastic discussion about why routines are important, how they affect children, and how […]
With the 2018 General Assembly Session just a month away, it’s a critical time for advocates to start speaking up for children and families in Northern Virginia. We recently hosted our 6th Annual “Speak Up for Children” Advocacy Day to help community members prepare. With generous support from Verizon, we welcomed Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and Voices for Virginia’s […]
SCAN Staff Members Trained in Award-Winning Stewards of Children® Program for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Once Again Named “Partner in Prevention”
December 11, 2017—SCAN of Northern Virginia has once again achieved “Partner in Prevention” status, a designation awarded by the nonprofit Darkness to Light to organizations which take extra steps to protect the children they serve by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the […]
November 1, 2017–Natalie Lopez-Greif recently celebrated her 5th birthday, and made a special request to friends attending her party. Instead of gifts, she asked her guests to bring baby items that could be donated to support SCAN’s new Baby Box initiative. Earlier this year, SCAN expanded its Operation Safe Babies program to include baby boxes and education through the Baby […]