Allies In Prevention


Coming together to make Northern Virginia safer for kids.

What is Allies?

Each year our supporters and partners come together to recommit ourselves to protecting NOVA’s youth. For over 20 years, the annual Allies in Prevention gathering has brought communities across 5 regions together to hear from experts, share best practices, and recognize heroes on the frontlines of child protection. Together we work to make Northern Virginia as safe as possible for the next generation.

Keeping kids safe online: Tips from a youth culture expert

Local experts and keynote, Rosalind Wiseman—author of the best-selling book behind the cult-classic film Mean Girls—join SCAN to discuss ways to keep kids safe online.

Rosalind Wiseman, is the founder of Cultures of Dignity and the author of multiple New York Times Best Sellers including Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life.

Rosalind has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. She is a frequent guest on national media like The Today Show, CNN, and NPR affiliates throughout the country.

Learning from lived experience: An open conversation with survivor and best-selling author Lacy Crawford

Lacy Crawford is a survivor and best-selling author. Her notable works include the satire Early Decision, and the memoir Notes on a SilencingNotes on a Silencing was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Notable Book, as well as a Best Book of 2020 by TimePeople, NPR, BookPage, Library Journal and LitHub.

Lacy’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NarrativeLitHub, and Vanity Fair and her literary journalism includes interviews and profiles of Frank Conroy, Reynolds Price, Geoffrey Wolff, and Shirley Hazzard.


Honoring local champions for children

With Keynote Dr. Heather Pfeifer and special guest Leon Harris of NBC4

The 2019 Allies in Prevention Awards were presented to:

  • Annette Amendiola, Deputy Court Clerk, Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, City of Alexandria
  • Kendra Burlingame, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program
  • Adriana Hill, School Parent Liaison, Westgate Elementary School, Prince William County School District
  • Suheir Kafri, Lead Social Worker, the ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) Center
  • Mary Beth Salomone Testa, Northern Virginia consultant for Voices for Virginia’s Children
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Honoring local champions for children

With Keynote Dr. Christina Johns and special guest Delegate Tag Greason

The awards were presented by SCAN and its Allies in Prevention Coalition at a luncheon to kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month. ABC7’s Scott Taylor emceed the event, which included a keynote address by Dr. Christina Johns. Special guest Delegate Tag Greason presented the 2017 awards to:

  • 100 Women Strong, Loudoun County
  • Nannette Bowler, Director of Fairfax County DFS
  • Marcella Rustioni, Forensic Interviewer, Arlington’s Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Theodore Jones & James Moore, School Counselors of Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Elizabeth Young, Supervisor of School Social Workers, Prince William County Schools

Honoring local champions for children

2016 award recipients:
  • Tabitha Kelly, a mother and child welfare professional who passionately works to build resilience in children and families.
  • Carlos Castro, who immigrated from El Salvador and then became a father and business owner in the U.S.
  • Ellen Grunewald, a 25-year veteran of the child welfare profession.
  • Burnette Scarboro, a child advocate committed to taking every opportunity to connect with parents in ways that will build up knowledge, confidence and capacity for nurturing connections in their families.
  • The Giving Circle, a remarkable group of women in Alexandria who turned an idea to make special donations to child-focused projects in their neighborhood into a half-million-dollar, unprecedented investment in the future of their community.