Over 3.6 million referrals of child abuse and neglect were made to child protection agencies last year, more than 23,000 in Northern Virginia alone. SCAN is the only Northern Virginia organization whose sole focus is preventing abuse and neglect. It stands up for children, stopping the cycle of abuse through education and advocacy. SCAN offers bilingual parenting classes and support groups: parents learn about child development and create strategies to build family cohesion. Public education initiatives Ė online at the Parent Resource Center, on the radio, and through a region-wide coalition of advocates Ė raise awareness about child abuse and its consequences. SCAN also operates the Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, which has given voice to over 3,500 children. A permanent, safe, nurturing home for all children is SCANís ultimate goal. Make it yours.

COVID-19 Update: CASA advocates now videoconference with their court appointed charges, attend court via phone, and continue to follow-up with their cases. In response to the growing need, SCAN added an additional CASA training (also virtual). Family Programs have shifted to a more intensive "wraparound" approach that connects families to the full range of services required to meet their basic needs as well as mental, physical, and emotional support: intensive, one-on-one coaching combined with parenting classes, resource triage, and increased collaboration with partners. SCAN continues to have a window into people's homes and children's lives, an approach that will likely continue beyond the pandemic.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: SCAN collaborates with Alexandria City Public Schools

Awards & Recognition

2014 SCAN of Northern Virginia was selected for the 2014/15 Catalogue for Philanthropy as "One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region"

2009 Executive Director Diane Charles awarded All American Hero Award at the All American Inaugural Ball

2007 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Community Trustee Award

2007 Executive Director Diane Charles named Nonprofit Leader of the Year at the Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit

2007 Executive Director Diane Charles selected for the charter class of the Nonprofit Roundtable Fellows

2005 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

2002 Hispanic Committee of Virginiaís Community Partner Award

SCANís volunteers have also been honored for the exemplary impact their efforts have in making a difference for our local community: SCANís CASA Volunteer, Sabrina Black, was named a Neighborhood Hero by Bank of America in 2008 and SCANís CASA Volunteer, Malia Kilshore, received the Volunteer Service Award from Volunteer Fairfax in 2007.


  • Friday's Heroes: SCAN of Northern Virginia
    Fri Apr 8 2011, WUSA Channel 9  
    SCAN's CASA Program Director Carrie Cannon and volunteer Mike Collins in a segment on how the advocacy program gives children a voice.

  • SCAN Founder Named 'Champion for Children'
    Mon Feb 7 2011, AlexandriaNews.org  
    Dave Cleary founded SCAN more than 20 years ago, and was honored by the Center for Alexandria's Children for his work through SCAN.

  • SCAN Gala Celebrates 20 Years
    Thu Nov 27 2008  
    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday with a special birthday party and fundraiser at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
    More than 260 guests attended the sixth annual Toast to Hope celebration, which featured wine tastings from local vintners and gourmet food from local restaurants and caterers. A nostalgic birthday party theme allowed guests to enjoy fun games, sample gourmet birthday cupcakes and cakes, and purchase commemorative statues in honor of SCAN's anniversary.
    The evening raised a record $75,000 that will go directly to support SCAN's child abuse prevention programs.

  • Supporting Children's Most Vital Supporters
    Thu Oct 30 2008  
    Parenting can be tough. It is the most challenging, and at the same time, the most rewarding work a person can ever do. Children thrive when they have supportive, nurturing parents. Sometimes ordinary parents are unable to cope with life situations such as illness, money problems, alcohol, or drug abuse. Many parents have little or no knowledge of how children develop or perhaps they are raising their children alone without a support system. For everyone, there is help available.

  • Charities and the Economy
    Wed Oct 1 2008  
    Charities are hurting, especially ones that relied on big donations from banks, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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